Who used to make and have fun with a balsa wood glider?

David Edwards…The ones I made always self destructed!

Ernest Ballard… Still do. But the propellor and elastic band ones were too expensive for us

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My brother…the amount of times I got hit in the face by one of these….Oh how he laughed!

Jane Cranfield… I remember these my bothers always made them but yes they didn’t last long in trees, over hedges or under cars lol x

Roger Simmonds… Me also balsa wood and paper covered larger flying models great fun.

Mick O’Dowd… Mine very rarely got past the maiden flight!

Julie Findlay-jones… Still do with my grandchildren, they sell them in the pound shop.

Dave Nattress… I’m with Mick O’Dowd, hardly got one past a maiden flight.  Worse though, rather more recently, the little battery powered, remote operated helicopters, great for the kids for a couple of flights then prang and they’ve had it.

Lyn Humphrey… Me & my brother used to see who could chuck them the furthest, until they broke. We laugh now at how competitive we were. But I laugh more.

Paul Slidel… Who remembers Jetex model engines?

Lyn Humphrey.. Yep, Jetex model engines–I seem to remember fixing one to a model boat. Tremendous acceleration, though only for a fairly short duration.

Paul Slidel… Yes, had one on a plane I built, never saw it again!

Talking of Kazoos. Who used to play one or maybe still does?

Andy Morrison… Had one as a kid, great fun

Dennis Torrance… About the only thing I could play lol third man theme good to see

Jeff Belton… I used to own one of those . Can you still get them ?

David Wilkinson… and then there’s a jew’s harp

Phil Little… Steve Waller always used to play one onstage.

Arthur Sutherland… Comb and tissue paper.

Joe Knight… The same

Eddie Larnerd Lane… I still have one somewhere

Joe Knight… Izal toilet paper and a com

Arthur Sutherland…  It is about all Izal toilet paper was any use for.

Joe Knight… even newspaper was better 😂 have a good day!!!!

 

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

The Who plus support Time – Hastings Pier – 20th July 1969

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Typical set list during this tour….
1 “Heaven and Hell” (John Entwistle) 2 “I Can’t Explain” 3 “Fortune Teller” (Naomi Neville) 4 “Tattoo” (not played at every show) 5 “Young Man Blues” (Mose Allison) 6 “It’s a Boy” 7 “1921” 8 “Amazing Journey” 9 “Sparks”
10 “Eyesight to the Blind” (Sonny Boy Williamson II) 11 “Christmas”
12 “The Acid Queen” 13 “Pinball Wizard” 14 “Do You Think It’s Alright?” 15 “Fiddle About” 16 “There’s a Doctor” 17 “Go to the Mirror!” 18 “Smash the Mirror” 19 “I’m Free” 20 “Tommy’s Holiday Camp” (Keith Moon) 21 “We’re Not Gonna Take It”/”See Me, Feel Me” 22 “Substitute” (occasional)  23 “Summertime Blues” (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart) 24 “Shakin’ All Over” (Johnny Kidd) 25 “My Generation” (sometimes including themes of “Naked Eye”).

Andy Gunton… A bit more about The Who gig http://www.thestinger.org.uk/article/5363c47aca45284d1296d929#.V5ECBmWYfyI

Jenny Tyler… John Entwistle kissed my cheek. I Still love the Who.

Pete Fisher… My first, all-time favourite and most historic Pier gig…

The Happening Coffee Bar – Tony Blackburn St Leonards On Sea 17th July 1967

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and John Wilde had this to say –

moved to St Leonards in 1966 with my parents. They bought number 8 Kings Rd and turned it into a coffee bar club, we made the basement look like a cave. We called it The Happening, Tony Blackburn opened it with a disco night. It was a popular hang out for a soul crowd, we had a great jukebox, an espresso machine and pintables. We even had bands play downstairs. Does anyone remember this place? Apparently it has reopened recently as The Kave Klub. by John Wilde

Gerry Fortsch… I gigged here in 1967 several times. Far out man

Mick O’Dowd… DJ’d here many a time. Also was with Deep Purple (Hastings) when they appeared. John Wilde’s dad owned it.

Do you remember the football pools?

Alan Esdaile… Do you remember the football pools? Having to be very quite on a Saturday when your dad was listening to the results.

Paul James… Ahahahahahahaha my stepdad always played the pools, never won anything

Gerry Powell… Forfar 4, Fife 5 . . . . my dad did them in the 60’s and let me do a line. Still do a line “on-line”. Spot the Ball was also introduced by Littlewoods and at work as a syndicate we did it weekly in the early 70’s and I came away with over £400 which went a long way to pay for my first new car, a Ford Escort Mk1 1300E in Daytona Yellow. I had to do 500 “x’s” in a small square template and around 8 others did the same so we did not duplicate. It worked.

Kevin Burchett… my dad was in a syndicate at British Gypsum when i was a teenager i think there was a bout a dozen in the syndicate and they won dad ended it up with £290 it was quite a lot of money in them days and we all got new bikes from Lappys in queens road and we rode them home to netherfield

Yvonne Cleland… Oh yes! Every Saturday. Didn’t dare speak!

Mick O’Dowd… Yep! Always brings to mind the old Spike Milligan sketch( I think) or it might have been Michael Bentine reading the results.

Helen James… Had to check them with my Dad

Alan Esdaile… Michael Bentine, Mick.

Peter Howard… I used to pick a line for my Gran. She won £100 in about 1969 but my Grandad wouldn’t let her cash the cheque because he didn’t want the bank manager to know his wife did the pools

Dave Nattress… Indeed, my parents did it for years and it was a major operation with several companies holding their own draws. Littlewoods in Liverpool? I think was Mega and another was called “Zetters” – I think – only recall this because it was a strange name/word. Parents won a few quid now and again. Spot the ball I recall also.

Lyn Humphrey… I also recall having to be quiet at 4.50 pm. Just after I started my first job, my Dad won first dividend, & we began dreaming….only to find out that the small pools companies paid out far less. His share was two grand, which was still nice, but not life-changing (& I was so looking forward to life-changing).

Mark Eason… Not “quite” a memory of mine being “quiet” back then.

Karen Sweatman… My dad promised to take us to Disney if he won. I was old enough to realise that 37 and a half pence wasn’t enough. My sister wasn’t and cried for hours

Dave Nattress… Hi Lyn old friend, well, we’re about as old as each other are we not!  My parents won a few small amounts not life-changing for me either.  Still life’s been good enough without riches so far!

Pete Prescott… I remember my dad doing the football pools every week.

Joe Knight… About 1983 i stopped

John Warner… Got 8 draws once received £125, sick.

Lyn Humphrey… Hi Dave — Yes, I too have managed without the riches thus far, but I wouldn’t mind trying some…..though I’m not sure what life-changing would be, now!

Mick O’Dowd… My parents promised me a train set if they won. 10 years of waiting for a train that never arrived (Where’s Sarah Harvey when you need her!) I finally bought my own when I started work.

Fireworks – Alexandra Park Hastings July 1969

Who remembers going to the firework display in Alexandra Park?

Janie Lowe… Yes i remember i lived in st thomas road west hill and used to walk down to the park. to Queens Road. My Mum and Dad had a printing business in Whitefriers Road

Dennis Torrance… I sure do remember old stage green and cream covered and fireworks on far side

Paul Slidel… I remember it well!

Jim Breeds…  I remember standing at the gate in Lower Park Road selling entrance tickets in the early 70s. I worked for HBC and if memory serves me right, I earned 50p in overtime each night that I worked. For context, I think beer was about 10p/pint (again, if memory serves me), so well worth doing.

Terry Corder… Me!

Josie Lawson… I do…

Mick O’Dowd… Went several time and once got told off by my Mum for being home late. She told me that next time I must be home by 10pm. I went and the fireworks didn’t start until 9.30 so I caught bus home and missed them. When I got home Mum asked how they were I said because I didn’t want to incur her wrath again I had come home at agreed time and missed them. Never again was I given a “firework curfew”!

Sarah Harvey… Towards the end of this video on my youtube channel shows some of the Wednesday Night parties in Alexandra Park. It shows dancing on the lawn and the fireworks at dusk…

Nigel Sherwood… Gay Gordon’s and March of the mods I thought we’re favourites on the night

Hastings College All-Niter with Desmond Dekker, Grapefruit and more – Hastings Pier 27th June 1969

Mick O’Dowd… Wasn’t it John L Watson & The Hummelflugs before this?

Kev Potts… I can remember a mate of mine getting a ticket and he said are you going I said no like my bed to much I was 16 at the time

Who remembers the change to colour television?

Phil Gill… You mean we get TV in colour now? Where? How?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I believe you can buy a special screen to put in front of your black & white tv…..

Phil Gill… Where Leigh? Will Payne Electrics in Kings Road have one?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Bound to! Cost about £5 12s 6d – a week’s wages!

Judie Struys… Phil, So easy. You just need an ordinary black and white TV and a twirly spinny thing and if you squint really hard out of the corner of one eye you get the full colour effect. I found out how to do it on Blue Peter in1967 and I’ve never looked back. I’m currently trying to adapt it to get 4k. Watch this space.

Chris van Rock… Or just go to Curry’s and buy a new one. Other shops are available folks

Nigel Ford… Do I remember gatherings on the pavement outside CURRYS watching Grandstand on a Saturday afternoon?