picking up Radio Atlanta in 1964 thanks to Attwells.

Pete Fisher… When we got Rediffusion I adopted the valve radio we’d had in the kitchen and installed it on my bedside table around 1966 I think. A mate of mine at school gave me a tip and said I should get about 50 feet of single cable and plug it in the aerial socket, trail it around the room and down the side of the house. It worked a treat and I got Luxembourg and all the pirates…

Jim Breeds… When I was a teenager Mum had a metal (steel, I guess) clothes line that ran all down the back garden, starting just below my bedroom window. I connected some bell wire to it, and ran it up the outside wall to my bedroom window. On the end of the bell wire I put a connector to plug into my transistor radio’s aerial socket. It brought in Luxembourg, Caroline, and loads of other pirates loud and clear. One day my Dad spotted it. He told me I’d get the house burned down in the next lightning storm! Quite a bit later, when Capital Radio launched in London, I could pull in the FM signal quite well in some weather conditions. That was back when Capital was a rock station.

Tony Court-holmes… we could get radio luxemberg on rediffusion before bbc 2 came along

Who remembers the Provincial Hotel Havelock Road Hastings?

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Keith Veness… I do

Mike Mitchell… The Golden Hind?

Neal Hunter… I do

Patricia Lloyd… Me

Tony Court-holmes… had a snooker table out the back

Jackie Hersee… I do

Stephanie Blackledge… Me too. Used to work in Havelock Road

Mark Harris… Right next door to Frank Bettis Autos! I believe Frank used to ride speedway at the old Pilot Field track.

Richard J Porter… Eddie Bartholomew from Cranbrook took on Frank Bettis Autos. Behind there in Robertson Street my wife’s Father had Coopers the Greengocers.

Mick Knights… My shoes always stuck to the carpet!!

Ian Cramp… I think so, I lived in Hastings until 1982 was it there then?

Alan Esdaile… I think it was The Golden Hind then Ian.

Kev Towner… Ooh – before my time. Fascinating though!!

Martin Richter… I’ve got a brochure for it somewhere!

Paul Sleet… Used to play for their snooker team. Bill and Anne Bailey were the licensees.

Richard J Porter… Hollingsworths too when they were there.

Alan Esdaile… My friend Don Bailey’s mum and dad used to run it. When the pub was closed, we used to play bar billiards.

Paul Slidel… I wonder what year the Golden Hind took over? I don’t remember this hotel, but used the Hind a lot! Is this late 60s?

Alan Esdaile… This is probably mid sixties Paul and The Golden Hind around 78/79???

Martin Richter… Stevie D

Wendy Weaver… I think it was The Golden Hind when I came down to live in Hastings in 1978/79.

Who remembers Sainsbury’s in Wellington Place Hastings? (store photo is Peckham branch)

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Tony Court-holmes… early 50s? Nationwide is there now i wonder if the tiles are covered up behind the new walls

Jacky Mattelaer… I remember it like this in the 60’s, my Gran used to take me in there. I was fascinated by the way they rolled the butter on the marble counters. Great memories

Pauline Sims… Me too Jacky. I can just about remember the smell too when you walked in, mostly bacon – mouthwatering

Judy Atkinson… Not Wellington Place, that was later. This was the original shop in Castle Street where Nationwide is now. Remember going in there with my mum (early 60s) & buying bacon & butter. Beautiful mosaics & marble counters

Patrick Lewis… Remember it well from late 50’s into the60’s. Gala pie and patted butter.

Jackie Hersee… I remember it

Virginia Davis… I remember it from mid to late 60s like this

Gary Benton… I loved going to Sainsburys as a kid, the wonderful smell of cheese and smoked bacon as you walked in, the professional smart looking staff in their uniforms. Why did we ever loose amazing shops like this? I suppose its what they call progress, its very sad.

Claire Hamill… Oh wow! How could anyone get rid of something so glorious? Just think what the centre of Hastings would look like if we could have held on to those beautiful oldshops? And facades? Criminal decisions!

Bernard Goffredo… Definitely agree on that

Dave Boutwood… Yes, I (Wendy) worked there (Hastings branch) with my friend Kate. Must have been 1965-66. We worked Fri evening, after school for late night shopping and all day Sat. That photo brings back memories, we loved it there and had fun. Also, with our white overall, we had to wear a white headscarf (tied like Hilda Ogden’s), which was a bit embarrassing for us teenage girls!!! 😂😂😂 Great photo. Wendy xxx

Lesley Bowles… Dave, Wen, I remember all the lovely tiles and the great smell in there! Xx

Yvonne Cleland… Oh yes, exactly like my memories. My mum used to take me here when I was a toddler. How lovely to see it again!

Roy Marven formely Syrett… remember going with my nan to order her xmas turkey

Martin Richter… and not a self-serve checkout in sight

Peter Bridger… Oh yes, loved the tiles, and smell of raw meat, strangely!

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A chance to get BBC2 in Hastings – launched on 20th April 1964

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Can you remember watching it, when it was first broadcast?

Paul Crimin… We could never get BBC2 on our tele. I think it checked out bank accounts before it would allow people to watch it. It was too posh for us anyway. lol.

Mike Waghorne… Redifusion Tv had it I think ?

Mike Cope… Television, Television? Eee thy were Lucky Lad! We only had’t Puddle end ‘ot’ Garden…

Jane Hartley… We didn’t have it til much later.

Who remembers having a knickerbocker glory in Fortes?

Wendy Weaver… They always looked lovely but my mother couldn’t afford things like that. When I had my own money I never got around to buying one😋 We had several large Forte establishments in Bournemouth including The Barbecue where Ted Heath, Edmundo Ros, Mantovani played. Charles Forte lived in Bournemouth for a while.

Matt Thomas… They still do them in Rainbow Restaurant

Alan Wood… Yes, was a Grans treat for me, very occasionally in Hastings

Nicola Barfield… Omg yes and they used to do the extra large brandy glass with Eccles cake in bottom so many other cakes with ice cream then loads of cream

Eric Harmer… Free one from Phil ? I think , as my mum worked there

Dennis Torrance… Yes and also lime ice cream sodas

John Coleman… Had one yesterday! In Liverpool! WTH cookie dough & salted Caramel!

Charlie Ball… Yep

Steve Thorpe… Nice ones in Dimarcos!

Jan Warren… Fortes on Bexhill Seafront opposite “Ags” amusement centre, we all used to hang out there in the 60s/early 70s!!

Lyn Humphrey… Yep, and also had one last month in Simply Italian at E/B Harbour!

Pauline Richards… Banana split was my favourite

Monica Bane… No way as good as they use to be with jelly and real cream not cheap at over a fiver!

Mike Guy… My goodness, you were rich!

Dave Nattress… In Bexhill as Jan Warren said we had the Forte’s Ice Cream/knickerbocker glory/coffee bar on the seafront on the corner of Wilton Road opposite the amusements, round the corner from the Wimpey bar in Devonshire Road, and along from the Continental cafe/restaurant and basement club. Used to gravitate from one to another. Across the road by the amusements was a little late night club – drinks after hours – forget the name now – was it the Arcadian? Could have made that name up. There might even have been another little place along from that one for a short while. On the corner the RAF club. Further along was the Bexhill club – far too straight for a bunch of long-haired weekend hippies, no way would we have got in there, or wanted to. It was for people back then who were at the age I am now – which is very old! We were never gonna be that old. Never thought about getting old or anything like, being young was going on forever and in many respects you bet, it has. You know the old gag, went out with a girl the other night but it was all knickerbocker(s) and no glory!! Had to lower the tone!! The Criterion – one in Western Road the other (think it was also The Criterion opposite the DLW did knickerbocker glories and all sorts of ice-cream. The old type with little chunks of actual ice – remember those? Hastings seemed to have many more ice ream parlours.

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Leslie Crowther – Stars Fiesta Colwall Court Bexhill 27th July 1969

Alan Esdaile… They used to have these fund raising events with stars from television in Bexhill on a regular basis. Remember going to one where Albert Tatlock (Jack Howarth) Coronation Street, was sitting under a tree handing out maltesers to anyone who gave a donation.

Nastassja Kaschevsky… I remember that!  I think The actress Gwen Watford did one as well.

Catherine Ireland… I was there, lovely afternoons also Brian Rix did some.

Keith Cowper… I saw Vera Lynn there and Chitty the car !

Jacqueline Marsh… I went to the same stage school as Gwen watford it was called the orchardcschool and was in a large white Victorian mansion at the top of Sedlescome road north. Just before the mini roundabout. The school has long been demolished but have many happy memories of learning to act and sing and even perform at White Rock Pavilion

Mark Sevia… I worked at Colwall Court in the 1970s. It was not easy to combine care of the children with fundraising and hosting the stars. Sadly Sheila Rawstorne chief executive died in 2018 just months after Peggy Cummins chair and movie star in 2017. They continued to fundraise until the end of their lives for the benefit of children with cerebral palsy. Extra ordinary commitment.

Jan Warren… This is a “long shot”??? but just wondering if anyone who worked at Colwall Court in the early 70s remembers Yvonne Jones? she was a good friend of mine, beautiful, hippy girl, long, blond(ish) hair, I know she worked at Colwall Court (maybe a girl called Lisa as well) – I’d love to know what happened to Yvonne?! – her parents had the radio/tv repair shop in Western Road, Bexhill and I believe Yvonne lived in Hastings a few years later …………. any info would be much appreciated, thanks

Margareta Reinecke… Hi Jan Warren… I worked at Colwall Court in Summer 1977. Were you working as an Ass. Houseparent? William Simpson was the Manager…. Helen, Jane, Ritsuko, Susan. Stars Fiesta with Leslie Crowther, Ronald Leigh-Hunt… I still have pics!

Jan Warren… Hi Margareta, 1977 would have been too late as I meant the early 70s, but thanks anyway!

Margareta Reinecke… This was all in summer 1977. With an autograph by Leslie Crowther.  I will be back this July.

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Dave Nattress… Well…for the sake of it, I think I remember Yvonne Jones – and I think a mate went out with her for a short while. Recall the TV shop connection I’m sure. Was her brother Tom Jones? who I knew/saw around for a while. Think Tom’s been mentioned on this website a few times. Used to sing in bands. I’m going back to 1969/1970 and the memory is faint!! But, I’m sure the description of Yvonne fits the bill as the Hippy Girl with long blondish.ginger hair? A good few of us were (weekend mainly), hippie types in Bexhill back in those days. Left school in 69 where hair had to be a certain reasonable length then grew it without cutting it for yonks. Remember the Colwell Court stars do’s well and went to several. Used to be a big deal in Bexhill as a charity and fund-raising for children with serious disabilities.

Mark Sevia… Good to know there is still interest in Colwlll Court. after so many years. In the 1970s there were many stars on the list of Stars Organisation for Spastics, but very few actively involved in management . At Colwall Court, Vera Lynn,  Leslie Crowther, Dickie Henderson, Peggy Cummins, Francis Matthews Pierre Picton were the most directly involved. Others turned up for the Fiesta and photo opportunities. It was assumed that such a high profile charity had a lot of money but this was not the case. Very few staff were actually employed , and students recrutied for pocket money in the busy season. The onsite Manager was expected to fund raise, publicise and organise events as well as oversee the manangement of the centre. It was a tough assignment and serious challenge. Good to know that the Memorial Plaque at the ramp to the beach has over come political correctness and is to be replaced soon with an updated version! Well done to the campaigners.

Susan Goto… (in reply to Margareta Reinecke) I worked at Colwall court from 1976 to 1979 I met my husband Ryuji there, we have been married for 40 years this year!

Cliff Richard & The Shadows – ABC Cinema Hastings – 27th March 1963

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Phil Gill….I was there, aged 6. It was the most awesome thing I’d ever seen. Better even than when my dad’s shotgun exploded and knocked him flat on his back, which was the most awesome thing I’d seen up to then. Eight weeks short of my seventh birthday then. Used to have my copy of the programme, not sure if I do now though.

Read moreCliff Richard & The Shadows – ABC Cinema Hastings – 27th March 1963

Who remembers Lane’s Ice Cream on the beach?

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Kevin Sherwood… I remember a man carrying his cold box along the beach. He would call out “ Their lovely their nice plain or choc”…

Alan Esdaile… Remember it well.

Nigel Sherwood… remember him as well Kevin

Monica Bane… I was always amused that he never seem to run out of ice cream!

Coco Pops… Bloody Hell!!! This is amazing all that Dry Ice he used to carry.

Malcolm Sharp… Was better when the prawn man came along first

Bernard Goffredo… Yep

Gary Benton… It was my uncles business, the factory was at Prospect Place

Madeline Scalliwags Reade.. I remember him well

 

Who used to work at KB’s – Kolster Brandes Ponswood Industrial Estate, St Leonards?

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Steve Fox… I had a great time making TVs, it would have been a very depressing job full time but I was only employed temporarily for the run up to Christmas it was a great laugh!

Margaret Haywood… I worked there in 1964 and loathed every minute. I stuck it 3 months

Angie Pilbeam… Margaret, that was me at MK..8 weeks.ha

Wendy Nicholson… My mum Ena Parry did to

Patricia Usher… I worked there from 1962 til 1971. Loved every minute of it. Taught me a trade as later on in years I had good jobs with good companies. My Mum , Sister, Aunty and great friends all worked there.

Tim Moose Bruce… I worked at Buss foods, down the road from ITT/ KB. Had a cleaner who was there when it closed. He rescued some AVO 8 multimeters from the skip. Gave me one. I still got it.

Stephanie Blackledge… Yes, my great Aunt. Her nickname was Babsy. She wired circuit boards.

Judith Monk… I did a stint on final test….was hard work but fun.

Dennis Torrance… I left school 1968 July had loads of interviews went to KB was shown around with a few other boys from priory road could have had a job there and many other places so different then. I went for Collins and Hayes doing upholstery other places till I retired. It’s good to see something like this that brings back memories.

Gina Neale… My dad George Neale (you might have known him as whistling George) worked for KB from the late 1950s to the early 1980s. He worked in the Test Gear department, occasionally having to go on the roof to adjust the aerials , although he was the oldest on the section, as the younger blokes were scared of heights. I remember the Christmas parties for workers children, held in the canteen. My 2 older sisters and I used to go. By 1981 my younger brother an I had both left school. I was working next door at C&C Marshall; my brother was working at a garage place in Chichester Rd; my mum was working for MK Electric; dad was still at ITT (as it became) so we owe a lot to Ponswood. Dad was made redundant not long after, but was fortunate to get a job at Chloride Transipak where he worked until he retired.

Lynn Graham… I did, for a short while as I hated it

Stephen Moran… My mum Joan worked at KB probably in the late sixties, I don’t recall her saying anything negative about it. I think she made circuit boards for TVs.

Rolling Stones – Hastings Pier 11th April 1964

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Andre Martin….Happy Ballroom History Lesson – Saturday 11 April 1964 – and what an interesting weekend this was going to be, for a kick-off it was the second visit from the Rolling Stones, and for many it would be a start of the weeks wait for the release of the first album by the boys “ The Rolling Stones Album” – Alan would have had copies in The Disc Jockey this coming Thursday if not before. I have located an early publicity photo of the group from these early days.
We all know how the band had been attracting followers over the weeks, since their first appearance in the Happy Ballroom, the previous January 18th, when they had been backed by “The Four Aces”. The Hastings Observer added even more information about this second appearance, and I have attached for your perusal and appreciation.
The support act this time was “The Falcons” and this is where we are spoilt for choice, as there are listed several bands under that name. Firstly I need to establish these were NOT the American Soul act of the same name, from Detroit and included in their line up Wilson Puckett and Eddie Floyd !
The British offerings, included “ The Falcons” from Rosyth in Scotland, who were semi-professional and their line up mainly from apprentices in the Naval Dockyard, they did playing from some of the American Bases in the north and at one time went on a short tour of the USAF Clubs in France.
Birmingham features in the mix, with a group “ The Falcons” who included in their line up one Ulysses Adrian Wood – who would go onto become a interesting and entraining member of “Wizzard” who I remember booking on the Pier in the early 70s, with my partner Paul Casson.
The group that most probably would have been “The Falcons” appearing on Hastings Pier that Saturday night, would have come from Eastleigh nr Southampton and included in their line up an up and coming artiste who was to go and make his name with such as The Tornados and from the production stable of Joe Meek – Heinz. I have found a photo of the very young group taken in 1960 and have added to the story.
You will have from time to time come across the mentioning in the Happy Ballroom Advertisements’ of the Rock & Roll or Twisting Nights, that were run by John Hodgson, it is rare that we get many mentions of the groups of played at these regular mid-week functions, but please see this weeks press report as that fills in one of the gaps.

John Storer…..I see the following week, The Rattles were playing. They had a big hit 6 years later with “The Witch” and, like the Stones, are still touring and making the occasional album.

Andre Martin…Die Geschichte von der Happy Ballroom – Das wird Teil der nächsten Wochen.

Jeanette Steve Jones…..Ja, echt Super

Olli LaasanenHastings Pier was built in 1872. It flourished during late Victorian era. It was first time destroyed by fire in 1917. It’s prime time was in 1930’s. Rolling Stones had a gig there on 1964. There was severe storm damages during 1990’s. The fire destroyed in in 2010. I took this picture in 1978, during a calm July day.

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Jill Caine… I was there!! Serving in the bar until the Stones came on, then I was in the ballroom with everyone else!!

John Duddridge… I was also there. What a brilliant night, when the Stones came on I got moved from the back of the ballroom to about halfway to the front caused by the surge of fans. My main concern was not to spill my beer which I had probably bought from Jill a bit earlier. Great times.

Christine Toms… I was there brought the Stones in by speedboat to avoid the fans

David Bargioni… I was there…..with Andre.

Jackie Hersee… I was there

Gavin Martin… I wonder if The Rattles inspired The Rutles?