Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

Very best wishes to everyone for the Christmas period and the new year and hoping 2021 is going to be better than this. Well it can’t be any worse!  A Big Big thank you to everyone who has supported SMART and kept the site and me going over these difficult months. The last SMART coffee meet was way back in February and then we had one booked for April but had to cancel due to Covid. Well looks like the next few weeks will get tougher and tougher. Here’s hoping we can all get back together sometime in the new year. As always still looking for more old photos and cuttings with a connection to the Hastings area, to keep the page interesting. Please feel free to post to the facebook page or email over to me, with as much detail as possible. Lots of love and whatever happens, they can’t take away our memories! Take care and stay safe xx

Chris Jolly… Have a FAB Christmas Alan! Take care sir… xxx

Steve Amos… Happy Christmas Alan!

Maureen Anderson… Merry christmas

Andrew Clifton… Merry Christmas Alan.

Jacqueline Marsh… Happy Christmas, keep up the good work, we all enjoy your postings

Kevin Burchett… happy christmas Alan missed seeing you this year

Pete Prescott… Have a wonderful Christmas Alan.

Wendy Weaver… Happy Christmas Alan. Hope 2021 will be better than 2020 and that we can all meet up again. xxx

Pete Houghton… Happy Christmas Alan Hope You Have A Great Time Yours Pete

Nick Shute… Great fun page!… best wishes

Peter Millington… You too Alan – I miss your gatherings as I’m sure everyone does. Keep well and let’s hope for a better 2021

Dave Nattress… Thanks Alan and once again, great appreciation for starting this website. Initially I was so pleased to find all the posts about the massive local music scene, (that keep turning up), but of course, the posts that give the memories of the local scene are also of great interest. Have as good a Christmas and New Year as you can and best wishes to everyone who helps keeping the memories coming back – till I forget them again.

Mike Vawdrey… Outside your geographical area by a couple of hundred miles or so but always find much of interest so keep on keeping on and raise a glass to better times past and future !

Mick O’Dowd… Thank you Alan for keeping this alive! really miss the SMART Meets. One day!!! More memories keep flooding back . Stay safe.

Mike Raxworthy… Happy Christmas mate – and fingers crossed for a better New year!!!

Jan Warren… Merry Christmas SMARTIES!!

Barry French… Merry Christmas Alan, much thanks for keeping the SMART site alive during these strange times. Hopefully, in the not to distant future, all us “Smarties” will be able to meet up again .

Stephen Moran… Wishing you a very Happy Christmas Alan, I very much look forward to seeing you again at future SMART meets.

No SMART coffee meet for April.

Due to the continuing situation with the coronavirus, I am very sad and sorry to say that we will not be having a coffee meet in April. I know a number of people will be disappointed and we like to think we are invincible but I think it’s the right decision. When things settle down, I will resume the meets. Stay safe and keep well xx

Jim Breeds… Seems the ‘smart’ thing to do.

Mick O’Dowd… A wise but unwelcome decision Alan! Who knows by April they could be locking up us oldies for stepping outside! Fully support you on this.

Lucy Pappas… Right thing to do, Alan x

Stephen Moran… Thank you Alan, it’s the right decision

Monica Bane… Well it’s the right decision to be making Alan. Hopefully by summer will reach its peak. Monica x

Pete Brazier… The right thing is sometimes the hardest thing to do! But always the wisest! Stay safe everyone I for one don’t want to loose any of you to this virus or the stupidity that’s following it! Wether your a believer or not God Bless You Al

Pete Prescott… The only decision you can make In the circumstances. Take care.

Coco Pops… when do we start painting a ‘PLAGUE CROSS’ on the front door.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year

Happy Christmas and Very Best Wishes for a Healthy 2019. 

Thank you to everyone for their great support during the year and especially to the people that regularly post and keep the page interesting. Also to everyone that turn up at our coffee meets and all the guests and listeners to the radio show. SMART keeps growing but for it to continue, we always need more old photos and cuttings that would be of interest and haven’t been posted before. Time to look in that box in the loft, have a look through your photos albums and ask the relatives. It is a sad time for many but I hope some of the postings keep the happy memories alive. I will be taking a Christmas break shortly, so limited posts and replies to emails during the next week. I wish you all A Very Happy Christmas and A Healthy New Year.

Nastassja Kaschevsky… Happy Christmas Alan

Josie Lawson…  Likewise Alan, I wish you and your family a great christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year 2019.

Keith Veness… Happy Christmas Alan have a good one

Dennis Torrance… Happy Christmas and new year to you Alan

Matt Thomas… Happy Christmas Alan and have a nice break

Yvonne Cleland… Merry xmas Alan xxx

Ernest Ballard… Happy xmas

Colin Norton… Wishing you the same, Alan. Thanks for all of your great work with SMART!

Mick O’Dowd… Another year gone by and another great year for SMART and our illustrious leader the legend in his own lunchtime Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason. Thanx for everything and may your New Year be better than this year.

Judith Monk… Happy Christmas to all of you.

Jeanette Jones… Wishing You all best wishes back Ez. Thanks for all Your hard work & taking the trouble to keep in touch with so many of us xxx

Robert Searle… Happy Christmas Alan ,I’m sure everyone appreciates what you do.All the best and s happy new year to you.

Jon McCallion… Happy Christmas to you Alan, well done for all the effort with the SMART music group and also everything else that you do like a hospital radio and also playing piano in the hospital. Speak to you soon come up and see us in the new year. Best wishes John

Barry Newton… All the best to you and yours Alan and all SMART members

John Wilde… Have a safe and Merry Christmas. Thanks for keeping our musical memories alive.

Tony May… All the best, Alan and THANKS for all the hard work you put in to keep S.M.A.R.T. going.

Jan Warren… Merry Christmas Alan and best wishes for the new year!

Karen Sweatman… Merry Christmas and all the best for 2019. Thank you for another great year of your page. Great to finally meet you

Pete Prescott… Happy Christmas to you ! Pete and Carole. X The SMART meetings have become such an important part of my life. Meeting people who you can relate to and share memories with had been wonderful for all of us . I absolutely hate missing them. Thanks for creating such a great event/ club/ celebration of Hastings music.

Lucy Pappas… Merry Christmas, Alan x

Graham Belchamber… And to you Alan. Thanks for all your efforts in setting up and running SMART.

Mark Gilham… Thank you Alan. Have a wonderful, peaceful relaxing time. Very best wishes to you.

Andy Qunta… Thanks, Alan, & the same back to you!

Steve Maxted… and wishing you a great Christmas too

Geoff Peckham… Thanks, Alan. Have a great Christmas and a wonderful 2019. Thanks for the memories!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Have a great time yourself xxx

Martyn Baker… Happy Xmas Alan. You seem tireless. Good work mate, and many, many thanks for all the connections to our musical history. x

Bob Shipway… Thanks Alan. You do a super job with SMART – thank you. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a glorious New Year. Bob

Clive Garrard… Thanks Alan,a happy Xmas to your and your family.

Wendy Belton… Happy Christmas Alan and all the very best wishes for 2019.

Tony Davis… All the best for the festive season Alan and thanks for all the hard work you do.

Keith Veness… Merry Christmas Alan all the best for the New Year

Yvonne Cleland…  Happy yule, Alan xxx

John Parnell… Happy Christmas Alan and best wishes for 2019.

Happy Christmas and Very Best Wishes for a Healthy 2018

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Thank you to everyone for their great support during the year and especially to the people that regularly post and keep the page interesting. SMART has grown beyond my wildest expectation and for it to continue, we always need more old photos and cuttings that would be of interest and haven’t been posted before. Time to look in that box in the loft, have a look through your photos albums and ask the relatives. It is a sad time for many but I hope some of the postings keep the happy memories alive.  I will be taking a Christmas break shortly, so limited posts and replies to emails during the next week.  I wish you all A Very Happy Christmas and A Healthy New Year.

Janine Anne Scott… Merry Christmas Alan. Thank you for all you do to keep us golden oldies in the loop ⛄️

Patricia Lloyd… A very happy Christmas and prosperous new year,keep up the excellent work. X

Chris Meachen… Used to love going in Mastins toy department when I was a kid…

Glenn Piper… Likewise

Phil Gill… Haha Chris I remember when Mastins had closed down and you stood in the window like a mannequin one night and made passers by jump! Great prank!!

Jan Warren… Merry Christmas Alan and to all at Smart and thanks for all the memories!! xx

Dennis Torrance… Happy Christmas new year to you

Tony Davis… Have a great Christmas Alan, you do a fantastic job with SMART. Best wishes to all my fellow SMARTIES

Ernest Ballard… Wishing you a very merry Xmas x

Mick O’Dowd… Hope to see you in the New Year Jan. Happy Christmas Alan. Thanx for all the superb Meets this year and keeping us interested with the novelty posts as well as the serious ones. Enjoy your break. You deserve it!

Yvonne Cleland… Merry xmas, Alan xxx

Dave Nattress… Thanks Alan, and best wishes to you also. This is a great site and enabled me to re-live so many good memories of so much and in particular, the local bands and band-members of days gone past, all the names and venues, photo’s, press cuttings, gig posters, as well as filling in so many gaps about the pier and the multitude of bands who played there. Also, broadening out the interest to incorporate the “anyone remember x, y, z”.

Colin Norton… Thanks Alan and all best wishes to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year! Thanks also for all of the work that you do for this group. It is much appreciated!!

Phil Gill… Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours

Alan Pepper… Happy Christmas to all our readers ! Will try to attend a meet up ( work permitting ) next year ! Cheers Y’all .

Clive Garrard… Happy Xmas everyone.

Lucy Pappas… Merry Christmas

Tony May… A HUGE THANK YOU to you Alan. Without your efforts none of us would have the chance to enjoy chatting with like minded souls nor be able to re-live some of our most precious moments. Have a great break and all the best for a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and more of the Johnny Mason show in 2018!

Iain Cobby… Thank you Alan Merry Christmas to you and to everyone else who contributes to your fantastic publication. Keep on rockin

Now over 1000 members on the SMART Facebook page.

A big thank you to Nick Prince for bringing this to our attention and posting these images on the Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/smart70s/

Alan Esdaile… WOW! Thanks Nick and thank everyone for their support. A number of people help to keep this page interesting and couldn’t do it without them. Don’t forget still need more old group photos and music related cuttings, especially ones from the Hastings area.

Ernest Ballard… Nice one x

Nick Prince… It’s one great page you have created Alan and I couldn’t think of anyone more qualified to successfully start and run such a page than your goodself.. For me the music, local groups, retro talk, film and cinema stuff, pier bits and general chit chat of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s nostalgia successfully goes hand in hand to make it such a great page. Something for everyone that was in the area during those decades and of course further afield… Posts from SMART are regularly shared to three of my pages and that is how broad an appeal it has….

Mick O’Dowd… Well done Alan!

Jon McCallion… Well done Alan.

Paul Dove… Well Done Alan, you keep it real , will be there fri , 👊 🎹 🎤🎸

Dave Nattress… For so long I was trying to discover the names of the very many bands that played the pier – so many of which I saw, as well as getting back to all the other local gigs and venues. Also I was wanting to re-visit old band-mates, local names, the musical competition back in the day, and just to re-live so many local connections, music shops, clothes shops, DJ’s, pubs, clubs, characters, and this site has enabled all of that. It’s compulsive stuff. Really ticked all the boxes and brought the great memories back. Probably best though, the pier on a wet, dark, cold winter’s night, the floor of the bar, ankle deep in Whitbread Tankard bitter, the cold and draughty and actually quite grim old ballroom – great days.

Website Update

Website Update

As you can see the website has just been updated.

As more people source the internet on their mobile phones, the old site was difficult to view and should now be more user friendly.  If your looking at this on your computer screen, some of the old posts may look messy (well more messy than usual) but will be cleaned up when there is interest in that post.

A big thank you to Geoff at 1066 Internet http://www.1066internet.co.uk  for setting it all up and to Justin for his constant help and for setting it up in the first place.

I always welcome any comments good or bad.

Happy searching!