Who remembers Pinball Machines?

David Miller… Tommy does….

Roy Penfold… Plays by sense of smell! I remember there used to be a row of four or five on the pier amusements at one point.

Mick Knights… There were several in the games room at The Pam Dor, Eric banned me for playing one of them as my name wasn’t in the members book. Not bitter or anything!!!

Phil Little… Are there any left in Hastings now ? There used to be loads of them on the Pier.

Mick O’Dowd… Met my first wife in the games room of The Pam-Dor coffee bar. I was playing the pinball machine I thing was called “Buckaroo”.

Jim Breeds… TILT.

Alan Esdaile… Love them, remember playing the ones in The Pam Dor, Black Cat, the club at the top of the stairs above The Fiesta (can’t remember the name), The Pier, Olympia amusements George Street, come to mind.

Steve Cooke… I am a reformed pinball addict. Oh… TILT!

Paul Huggett… None in Hastings now (apart from three a mate of mine is restoring 👍) but if you’re ever in Minehead, Somerset, there’s a room full of them in an arcade near the WSR steam railway station….

Nigel Ford… There was one in the Kings Head, Battle, late 60’s- 70’s that got changed at least once over the years. A friend of mine sat on it and broke the glass – very expensive! Another in the Abbey Hotel too, I think.

Dave Nattress… There were many pin-ball machines for budding wizards in the amusements in Bexhill – the place is still there and open but I haven’t been in for years. Must look next time I’m down that way. This place and outside on the steps was a major hang-out in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Juke box always on and Fortes coffee bar across the road and the Cont a little further along.

Pete Prescott… Roger Carey and I play this song ! Love it !

Tim Anderson… He’s an actor and producer now.

Paul Huggett… Still do, when I can find one. There’s a large arcade in Minehead, Somerset, that has quite a few modern ones – very rare now. I have a PC game called Pinball Arcade which I love, features very accurate representations of old and new real life machines; I played the real thing at Minehead on holiday a couple of years ago and it was spot on! There’s an old one in the Piper in Norman Road, wasn’t on when I went in there recently. The song BTW, always thought it was good, and he’s not a bad actor either.

Jan Warren… Yeah, I love that song too!!

Paul Crimin… A songwriters song.

Richard J Porter… We know a chap in Australia that builds arcade style machines that contain every arcade game known to man since they began including electronic pin ball games.

Tim Moose Bruce… I remember the ones on Hastings pier in the 70s. Loud, with air horns.

Clive Garrard… I loved this song reminds me of sitting my o levels in 1974

Jane Hartley… I have that single!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… That’s bizarre…. I downloaded this Brian Protheroe track just the other week! Loved it then love it now!

Judie Struys… I loved the one in the Lido. I perfected the art of nudging it with my hip just enough to steer the ball without it tilting.

 

Remember Gifford Boyd for cameras and Shaver! – adverts 1965

Josie Lawson… Yes I remember well. My dad used to go there. My friends dad worked there and due to funds needed I had to sell my camera to them I didn’t want too.

Martin Richter… I think i’ve got one of them!

Chris Meachen… Used to spend half my lunch breaks in there, chatting to Bruce & trying out new bits of kit…

Angela Frances Gardner… I had a box brownie with 8 frames to each film and only black and white pictures! I loved my camera it was £2 with a case and two films, my best birthday present I was 14. I still have the pictures and some of the negatives this was in 1968!

Nicola Dobson… I had a box brownie too loved it

Roger Simmonds… Took good photos still have many !

Andy Davies… I’m pretty sure Gifford Boyd was my godfather, my Dad used to sail a Merlin Rocket dinghy with him, and I had a Kodak Brownie, which I don’t think was actually very good!

Who remember the Buffet Bar at Hastings Station? – Advert 1965

Alan Esdaile… I can remember a tea and coffee place on the left with papers for sale in the corner and a carpeted dark bar area on the right?

Fiona Evans… Not now !!.

Pete Fairless… I remember it from the ’70s and early ’80s

Coco Pops… That particular Smell from the Lavs!!

Alan Esdaile… Didn’t the buffet bar have a musty cigarette beer stained smell?

Nicola Barfield… I worked there omg memories. Walk through door papers in corner then a long bar to get teas coffees sandwiches cakes then other site on right long bar with stools and chairs and tables at the end omg I can see me behind the counter serving that’s when British rail owned it. That was 1986

Peter Houghton… Lease then you could sit down and have a cup of tea and something to eat before you travel

Pauline Richards…It was a Mrs. Penfold that ran it

Dennis Torrance… When I was a youngster remember going into cafe there many a time with mum and dad it’s wonderful a memory put on here about the past a bell in your head goes off and your back there

Jim Hobbs… Preferred the old station, full of character unlike the current bus shelter.

Alan Wood… A reason to get to station early, a nice cool beer.

Who remembers Lane’s Ice Cream on the beach?

1965

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

 

Do you remember Penny for The Guy?

Betty Austin… Oh yes good clean honest fun !! X

Dennis Torrance… Remember I was done up as a guy as a kid, sat in Queens Road and went boo to passers by thanks for the memories

Malcolm Sharp… Dennis was that you yer bugar lol

Linda Crane… Good fun

Tony May…  Would LOVE to see kids taking part in that now. These days they are either on their phones or getting up to no good!

Julie Findlay-jones… Does anyone still do this, it was such fun , the anticipation of wondering how the guys going to turn out and how many penny’s your going to get.

Jane Hartley… We were in the Observer with our guy one year!

Pat Fears… Probably not safe these days !!

Janine Anne Scott… Happy days

Jeff Belton… Remember when I was growing up, used to love making a GUY for bonfire night. Great fun !

Alan Esdaile… If you wanted fireworks, you had to go out and earn some money from your guy. Not a cheap football as a head, as people did in later years. Old clothes stuffed with newspapers, our pitch used to the Whitefriars Pub, Priory Road, as did well when people got of the bus.

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Dr Who & The Daleks film – ABC Cinema Hastings – August 1965

Alan Esdaile… I remember going to watch this. Looks very weak now, looking at the trailer.

Stuart Huggett… The colours are lovely but the Daleks are hardly deadly in it (I think only one character gets exterminated). It’s not a patch on the absolutely terrific sequel!

Paul Crimin… Wow. Went and saw this with my Dad and brother when I was a kid.

Ian Quinnell… Went to see this with some friends. Was great at the time.

Lyn Humphrey… Being a Dr Who purist in ’65, I didn’t go to the cinema to see this, as to my mind it WASN’T Dr Who–how could it be when everyone knew the real Doctor was William Hartnell?

Coco Pops… The Big Job was Hilarious!!

Wild Angels Rob(Bob)O’Connor unconscious on Hastings Pier 16th June 1968

Neil Partrick… I have a album by the ‘Wild Angels’, a rock n roll revival type band whose management at least were located in Catford, which was released in the late 1970s. The members look like they’re in their 30s. Don’t think there’s a Rob O’Connor on it though. Different band altogether?

Mike Raxworthy… Me too.

Ken Copsey… Rob O’Connor was the drummer with the Wild Angels. I met him at a bootsale last year and he is a lovely bloke. There is fantastic footage of him and the band backing Gene Vincent on his last UK tour. I felt honoured to meet someone who had backed Gene. The whole documentary is on YouTube and is very touching. Gene is obviously on his uppers but when he sings he still has the voice and the presence. The real deal.

Neil Partrick… Duuuhh… sorry, Rob (Bob) O’Conner the drummer is on the ’70s LP. They’re obviously the same band. I’ll remember to check Wikipedia first next time (although it’s not always totally reliable)

 

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.

Jan Warren… Hey thanks Dave for the guided tour of Bexhill “hang-outs”, circa 1969/70!! – I remember all those groovy places too!! – but going back to “Ags” amusement arcade ……. d’you remember the basement, which had a jukebox, many pinball machines and a football table …….. many of us used to meet there, drinking cider, smoking, playing the jukebox ……. also, outside on the steps ……. playing guitars (Andy Towner?) ……. and Fred, the owner of “Ags” telling us to “tone it down”?! – and all the local bikers parked up along the seafront?! …. and we would go to and from “Ags” and “Fortes”, and some of our friends had small bedsits in Wilton Road, and “Lindsey” the “dealer” with his hippy bag, and Joe Gladwish, the local “down ‘n’ out” who is amazingly still walking these streets as I see him often and always stop for a chat and a hug, he is a Bexhill “legend”, love him to bits!! – OK Dave, hope you will comment or add to this, thanks matey, I LOVE nostalgia, especially the local stuff!

James Westlake… Yes, a special treat

Nick Prince… Oh yes!

Josie Lawson… Had one but not sure it was Fortes

SMART 52 coffee meet report

Wet and very windy 52nd meet but didn’t discourage a Great turn out. Among the newbies this time were Nick Bloomfield, Peter and Sue Thomson and Paul Crimin. Nick was talking about his interesting website about the power of music to inspire, provoke and entertain, musicfortheheadandheart.buzz and also his filming and working on his song ‘beyond the lies’. Great to see Peter and Sue and Pete have with him a collection of old gig tickets of Thin Lizzy, Be Bop Deluxe, The Who and The Stranglers. They were also reminiscing with Tony Davis about when Tony did the disco at their wedding. Paul Crimin was chatting about his new cd that is due for release next month and called ‘Unplugged and Unhinged’. Reg Wood had with him a copy of Ginger Baker’s Airforce album from 1970 and I hadn’t noticed before but the image inside the gatefold sleeve has the silver style of Wheels of Fire Cream cover. He was also talking about what’s happening for Hastings Week. Cliff Wootton left some leaflets for his ‘Beggars’ Gate’ gig at All Saints Church Crowborough on 16th November 2019. Pete Prescott was talking about creating a list of albums & singles released by Hastings area musicians. He had with him a bundle of singles, as well as a copy of the Home Studio Recordings magazine with Chris Cozens and Nick Magnus feature. Steve Fitzy was talking about his memories and the groups he has sung with. Roger Carey had a photo from the Peter Kirtley Jubilee Charity event in 1998, to aid the street children in Brazil. The photo features Liam Genockey, Nana Tsiboe, Peter Kirtley, Colin Gibson, Liane Carroll and Kenny Craddock. Phil Little was talking about local bands and singers don’t get their fair share of royalties when played on the radio and the Live Music Forum has written to PRS. Paul Huggett was reminding people about the forthcoming ‘Willfest’ in tribute to drummer Will Powell, which takes place at The Duke St Leonards on Saturday 26th October. Too many other people to mention but this is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Lucy Pappas… Hope you all had a fabbie catch up xx

Josie Lawson… Glad it went well

Lance Collins… One day I will get away from work early !!!!

Robert Searle… Glad it went well

Peter Houghton… Sorry Alan I had everything to bring down but fell asleep in the chair.

Mick O’Dowd… Just as interesting as ever Alan. Well done.

Phil Little… Well done Alan.

Paul Crimin… Thank you for letting me sit at the same table as all of these local legends!

Reg Wood… Enjoyed it Alan. Thanks.

Elaine Roberts… Enjoyable afternoon, thank you. PS Nick Bloomfield’s song Behind The Lies is his first foray into music and he’s written, sung, and created it all himself – he usually films other people making their music https://youtu.be/JJwfvo30ERA

Peter Thomson… Great afternoon and so pleased we made it at last!

Colin Gibson… Ginger designed the cover as well as the Wheels on Fire cover