School days – blackboard rubber thrown at you?

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Alan King… almost all of the above

Mike Waghorne… Mr Thyne our maths teacher at the Downs secondary use to throw them at us if not paying attention ! And I would say all of those !

Mike Guy… Sent outside the classroom [once for raising my hand to ask a question, ear twisted for talking, lines, hit on hand with ruler[s] – they kept breaking, detention. I deserved just about all of it as I was bright but with lack of focus, & didn’t make the most of education until after I’d worked for 7 years, then managed to get into university. At least I grew up eventually. ūüôā Oh & became a teacher!

Barry Newton… Most of the above, never had the hat treatment but did have broken eardrum due to slap round ear, still gives me problems from time to time.

Neal Hunter… All of those the teachers at priory boys school were experts in punishment.

Pete Fisher… Not funny…

Andy Davies… Some teachers were pretty mean at the Grammar School, terrified of being hit in the head with a board rubber, many teachers had a slipper in their desks too…

Mick O’Dowd… All part of growing up! Never did me any harm any harm any harm….

David Edwards… All bar dunces cap never saw one at Priory Road.

Virginia Davis… Some of the teachers at Hastings High School seemed to relish dishing out some of these. Its still regularly discussed when we have a reunion.

Peter Howard… “I must not under any circumstances forget to do my mathematics homework”

Phil Foley… All except dunces cap,didn‚Äôt have that at my grammar school. One particularly evil punishment was standing with outstretched arms whilst holding two or three of those long wooden ‚Äúset-square‚ÄĚ things they used in Technical Drawing classes. Can‚Äôt remember how long we were made to do this but it felt like eternity! But we got our own back by inserting Swan Vesta heads in the grooves between the felt pads of the blackboard rubber

Nick Bearkeeper Rowland… There were some sadists at my school. One boy was caned until he bled and the school made an out of court settlement. I got the ruler and was made to stand in the corner because I had extreme difficulties with maths.

Chris Boorman… I remember having a bit of wood thrown at me at school (Priory Road) which caused a slight cut on my head. I was taken to hospital as a precaution. When a teacher explained to my mum what had happened she said “well, I expect he deserved it”

Alan Parker… Happened once in my class back in the ’60s. picked it up and threw it back , he never did it again

Merv Kennard… Alan do you remember mr t and his rubber hose or mr h and his old plimsol with the h in a circle ?

Alan Esdaile… Also remember Mr Brown and Percy The Slipper!

Gill Ives… We had a teacher in junior school that used to twist a sharpened pencil into your shoulder

Alan Pepper… At the Grove in 1970 I was given an accidental nosebleed in the French lesson by a teacher who threw the blackboard duster at me . Before that in the 60’s the lovely sadistic Catholic Nuns at St Mary’s enjoyed giving the cane over our hand .

Conan Howard… Yes many times at grove park school in grove park school Bromley

Lyn Humphrey… At the Downs in Bexhill, Messrs Peckham & Nattress will also recall Mr T regularly chucking the blackboard rubber and the chalk at us!

Jan Warren… Hi you naughty schoolkids, here’s a lovely pic of the beautiful, but sadly demolished, Downs County Secondary school : and what about Mr Evans (Headteacher), “Taffy” Thomas (Deputy Head Teacher), Mr Thynne (Maths), Mr Slater (Geography), Mr Vale (Maths), Mr Rye (RE), Mrs Miller(Art), Mrs Grimes (History), Miss Wignall (Domestic Science), Mr Bone (French), Miss Mills (PE), Mrs Blakemore (English), Miss Elsworth (Music), Miss Watkin-Jones, and many more, can you remember?? – but not forgetting the irreplaceable Mr Warren, the ever committed Care-Taker who kept the school running “ship-shape” at all times, my brilliant DAD!!

Pete Houghton… Hi Jan so many names Their was Mr Brookes Art Mr Hill English Mrs Warburton Domestic Science Their was another Geography teacher next to Mr Slater and the Woodwork Teacher Mr Bridges and Mr Harris Some woman who taught Typing she wore glasses Mr Salter there are a few i can remember And yes your Dad who did a fantastic job xxx

Jan Warren… Hi Pete, thanks for adding some more names to the list of teachers, I remember them all and I’m sure there’s more!! Yes, my Dad was a brilliant Caretaker, that School was his “pride and Joy”!!

 

What smells take you back to your childhood?

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Pete Prescott…¬†All that. Tarmac. Bluebells.mothballs.bonfires. the sea. Cigar smoke.¬†Lavender.¬†Ink. love that smell !¬† Damp.¬†Brylcream!¬†The smell of musty village halls

Max Marriott…¬†Knights Castile soap,¬†4711 cologne my Nan used to wear

James Johnson…¬†school crayons

Barry Newton… Horses being shod

Ernest Ballard…¬† 1,3,7. And Greek bread baking in Cyprus

Ian Mantel…¬†Grandad’s shed, coal tar soap

Arthur Sutherland…¬†Your Aunties perming their hair

Wendy Weaver…¬†Freshly mowed grass.

Phil Gill…¬†Vomit and sawdust in the school corridor.¬†Vick.

Yvonne Cleland…¬†Nice.¬†Laundry boiling in the gas boiler every week, liquorice, cabbage, the rosin on my violin bow, plimsolls.

Clifford Rose…¬†The grease on those old green electric trains we used between Hastings and Brighton.

Julian Jules Carter…¬†Fog

Jim Breeds…¬† I don’t think my childhood is over yet!

Martin Richter…¬†white pepper in mash ?

Alan Esdaile… The Beatles chewing gum with cards, dad boiling the bones from the butcher ¬† for gravy, home made vegetable soup in the pressure cooker.

Alan Pepper…¬†Church ( yuk ! ) . Pencils . Real gravy ( yummm !! ) . Real shandy . Hop garden . Shoe polish.

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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‚Äôs good to see something like this that brings back memories.

What is your earliest music memory?

Tim Anderson… Another rubber tree plant!

Matt Thomas… Popcorn

Lyn Humphrey… Probably Perry Como, ‘Catch a Falling Star’ or ‘Magic Moments’, or Tommy Steel ‘Little White Bull’. Pretty cool, huh?

Clive Richardson… Remember the theme to ‘A Summer Place’ from the tv programme. Can’t remember anything about the programme but still love the track, to this day.

Alan Esdaile… remember my dad getting an old 78 wind up gramophone after an auntie died, with lots of 78’s including Laura London He’s Got The Whole World Is In Hands. Also remember singing along and copying Frankie Vaughan movements on the television ¬†to ‘Tower Of Strength’.

Steve Thorpe… Roy Orbison ‚ÄėOh Pretty Woman‚Äô

Chris Meachen…The laughing policeman on 78, & Elvis ‘wooden heart’ on a wind-up gramophone.

Mick Knights… The first single I bought was yackity yack by the Coasters, much to the dismay of my parents.

Jon McCallion…Love my wind up gramophone Alan, still play lots of Sinatra Dean Martin Elvis Presley and Duke Ellington sounds really good.

Glenn Piper… She Wears Red Slippers on an old 78 at my maternal grandparents place

Coco Pops… Radio Luxembourg! my big sister blaring it out of her bedroom! circa 1960’s

Paul Morfey… Frank Ifield yodelling

Will Cornell… Watching Dick Clark and “American Bandstand” I could not figure out how the dancing kids flipped their arms to twirl their partners without the arms ripping out of the sockets. I give that memory a “4” outta “5”, Dick.

Mick Bolton… My grandad playing Beethoven’s Appassionata piano sonata. I was 3 at the time – in 1951. And hearing the theme tune to Listen With Mother every day on the radio.

Eric Harmer… Family favourites on Sundays.boring songs

Alan Pepper… One song that still haunts me today is Moon River by Danny Williams . I think that was the first music I can recollect from when I was about four or five playing on the wireless ! Every time I hear it now gives me shivers in a nice way though !

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What’s the best love song of all time?

Billy Ocean… Suddenly – Billy Ocean

Nikki Habson… The Lake House – This Never Happened Before

Mick Curtis… Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

Sue Bennett… I cant make you love me George Michael’s version is beautiful

Andy Ives… Princes version is great too

Malcolm Sharp… Michael Bolton, said i love but i lied, listen to the words properly

Mark Rodrigues… My Girl by The Temptations springs to mind. Not sure if it‚Äôs a love song though or tribute. Here, There & Everywhere by The Beatles otherwise.

Martin Curcher…… Not into love songs, but if I have to chose one it would have to be something like, Extreme – More than Words.

Stella Huggett… Move Closer by Phyllis Nelson and Nothing Going Stop Us by Starship – I know that’s 2 but couldn’t choose between them.

Eric Harmer… My ding a ling

Paul Crimin… lol. Chuck Berry‚Äôs only no: 1 in this country.

Chris Jolly… I‚Äôve told you before… keep your Ding a Ling out of this Chuck!

Paul Crimin… Still – Lionel Richtea.

Roger Collier… O Caroline – Matching Mole

Francoise Pascal…Show and Tell by Al Wilson. Beautiful love song! Xxx

Dave Paul… Welcome Home by Walter Jackson

Jack Apps… I got three

Alan Pepper… Many by Stevie Wonder but My Cherie Amour is a classic

Les Harding (Centre Page)… I don’t believe in miracles –¬†Colin Blunstone.¬†Stunning song at the time

Clifford Rose… In my life – The Beatles

St Claire – Record & Show Shop of St Leonards 1964

Anyone remember this shop?

Pete Fisher… I don’t remember the shop, as I lived the other side of town, and went to the Disc Jockey, but I remember the prices, and how the 11d trick was used to make it look cheaper…

David Edwards… If you lived in Hastings you always shopped at Big Al’s the Disc Jockey.

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…

Chris Sambrook…As the moon landings are coming up The Who played the Sunday Club on the very eve. I went as I was 14 at the time, The Who played most of Tommy check out Live At Leeds. There is an cd just been released called Old England New England which could be the same set The Who played in America. I’ve got the cd but haven’t played it yet. After the gig I walked back to St.Leonards in a daze. My dad had the tv on waiting for the moon landing.

Pete Fisher… Hi Chris! Will be commemorating this next week…a real musical milestone for me…my first proper concert (also 14) – vaguely remember staying up to watch the moon landing afterwards, but remember my ears still ringing the next day at school!!

Keith Matthews… I was there too. Brilliant gig. Getting a burger at a little place over the road afterwards and a black limo pulled up. John Entwistle climbed out of the back and ordered burgers for himself and Moony who was also in the car. We had a chat and a laugh with them for a few minutes, complimenting them on the gig. Unfortunately don‚Äôt have a record of it as it wasn‚Äôt cool for an 18 year old guy to ask for autographs! Wish I had had a camera on me.