Dukes Bar London Road Bexhill – 1974

Pete Millington… Remember it well! Always packed out! SPYKE at the time was Ian Williams, Ginger Millington and Terry Chedzoy.

Dave Nattress… The York, London Road, Bexhill just round the corner from the now long gone Queens Head where local bands played. The York has been putting on bands on and off for a very long time. A band I saw once there was called “Esgaroth” – the name I’ve since learned s the name of a community referred to in The Hobbit – good on you Google for telling me this. Anyway, they were apparently from Tunbridge Wells and what little else I remember – easy to get wrecked in The York back then, was that the singer resembled Jim Morrison, and delivered a bit like him. They were quite heavy, sinister, dark sort of sound really, did their own stuff I recall tight and great overall. The singer really stood out – very different. Never heard of or saw them after that. Would have been about 1978/1979. Anyone else heard of them?

Robert Searle… Played there when it was The York with Haze,Easy Street,and Centre Page, really enjoyed playing there

Violet Brown Decision and Spyke – Aquarius 29th Jan/1st Feb 1972

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Anyone remember seeing Violet Brown Decision?

photo supplied by David Paterson. (before Dave Smith joined)

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Dave Smith… I was in Violet Brown’s Decision. A Mecca band no tamla.?

Matt Carter… In reply to David Smith, Dave, my father in law was also in, Geoff Wigley?

Dave Paterson… Hi Dave, I was the drummer

Dave Smith… I knew that

Dave Paterson… The above coloured photo features Dave Smith at the far right and was taken back stage at the Lyceum Ballroom in the Strand. The other was  just flyers we had made. Sadly there are only two of us left from the original VBD me and the lead singer Dave Seaton.

Jon Camp… I was in the band too!!!

Joe Loss and his orchestra, The Dark Blues plus Spyke. Hastings Police Ball. White Rock Pavilion. 8th May 1972.

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Peter Millington… Remember this evening very well, at least I thought I did. Looks like we (SPYKE) did 2 Gigs with Joe Loss. The first 28th March 1971 with The Roberto Bernardi Quartette and again on 8th May 1972 with The Dark Blues. SPYKE = Ginger Millington, Chris Sayer, Ian Williams, Terry Chedzoy.

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Spyke – Pete, Chris & Paul 1968 and 1969

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Peter Millington, Chris Sayer & Paul Burton.

Yvonne Cleland…..Lovely one of Chris

Chris Baker….Excellent band! Remember them well.

Peter Shaw…..Looks like Val Doonican at the front helping out in the Blue Peter studio! Chris was a talented player and with musicians Ginger and Paul should’ve appeared on TV!!

Peter Millington….You are spot on Peter Shaw. Our gear was held together with “sticky back tape” when we first started as SPYKE, so I can relate to the Blue Peter link. I’d sold all my gear when The Confederates ended after Johnny Conroy emigrated to Canada. Within weeks of it all going out the door at a knock down price and me spending the proceeds on my first car, Paul and Chris asked me to start again – hence the DIY gear lol

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An early picture of Spyke playing at the White Rock Pavillion (Hastings) supporting Bob Miller and the Miller Men in 1969 — with Paul Burton, Peter Millington. and Chris Sayer

Andre Martin…..Great looking stage set as usual thanks to the stage crew of the day, now I wonder who was working with them !!

Janine Anne Hemsley…..Omg. I was with Bob Miller but on the early 80s. Don Lang was also playing with Bob. Great times.

Cupids Inspiration – Aquarius Club Hastings 11th Dec 1971

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Chris van Rock… Was that the club above that arcade …. George’s ?

Peter Fairless… Yes, Chris, later called Saturday’s

Kevin Burchett… was my regular haunt then and i was there at hot chocolate dont remember much about it though pissed lol

The Pied Piper – Manor Road Hastings – 1974

Who remembers The Pied Piper pub?

Jim Breeds… Nope! It must have been bad for the children of the area!

Richard Turner… My dads band playing Thursday

Pete Millington…  Yep! SPYKE played there regularly in the mid 1970s

Alan Esdaile… Did someone say Crispian St Peters played at this pub?

Pete Fairless… Don’t know, but they used to play out at the end of the night with Bob & Marcia version.

Virginia Davis… Yes. My grandparents lived a few doors away. Spent many times in there with family

Dawn Leaney… Oh yes.. had good times there , dancing to the disco.. l think it was on a Friday night!

Tony Davis… Yes. I ran into the guy who managed him and he played there opening night

Jacquie Hinves… Yes , I do!

Terry Hardwick… I used to do the disco with Tony Murray his Dad Ted and his Mum Carol ran it .

Samantha Blake… I remember the pub x

Jo Turner… Yes, Lizzy and I often went there

Roy Penfold… Became The Manor in later years I believe…

Sandy Max… I only knew it as the Manor

Pete Brazier… I know for certain that his Record was lol

Ralph Town… Regularly pissed in there from 1975 to around 1979.

Ken Copsey… My grandads local when we lived in St Mary’s Terrace.

Tony Court-holmes… yet another old pub there used to be so many up that way but not any more

Merv Kennard… yes remember it well. played there a few times. landlord always wanted to flip a coin for double or quits before paying.

Spyke and Jinks at Scalliwags 1975

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Kevin Burchett… SPYKE PLAYED AT SCALLYS THE FIRST WEDNESDAY AFTER OPENING SOON AFTER THEY REFORMED TO BECOME JINKS

John Storer… Aah! …. those halcyon days of crimpolene flares! 🙂

Peter Millington… We didn’t reform, we just added Rod Trowell to our line-up and changed our name from SPYKE to JINKS. That change happened after 28th May 1975 and before our return to Scalliwags on 11th July that same year. Thanks for posting Kevin – my “style cred” has just hit the buffers!

Peter Gladwish… Just noticed my band, ‘Vogue’ were on this advert. We were regulars at Scallywags for quite a while.

Pete Prescott… I still have the Jinks album on cassette (light blue cover )

 

Spyke – Queens Hotel Hastings – 10th April 1971

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Chris Sayer, Ian Williams, Terry Chedzoy,  Peter Millington.

Pete Millington… The fourth line-up of SPYKE playing at the Queens Hotel 10th April 1971 – Looks like we’ve just been told “Trust me lads – the cheque’s in the post”

Chris Baker… I thought I was the only one with a daft haircut in those days! 😁

Pete Millington… We all had ’em along with everyone else!

Yvonne Cleland… Ah still miss Chris. x

Tony Court-holmes… who remembers the band called the Town Council?

John Busbridge… I always remember Chris singing “Lady came from Baltimore”!

Spyke – White Rock Theatre1968

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SPYKE – 1968 L-R Paul Burton – Peter (Ginger) Millington, Chris Sayer – Playing in support of Bob Miller and the Millermen – ITT Annual Christmas Dance – White Rock Theatre.

John Storer… My Mum and Dad went to this

Robert Searle… Was Terry on drums Pete

Peter Millington… No, Robert .We were a trio for about a year then a duo after Paul left then I managed to convince Chris that a drummer would be a good idea. Spyke played without a drummer for about 2 years. I have to say, playing bass and holding a consistent beat in front of the ITT dancing crowd of 1000+ was testing. Good training though.

Yvonne Cleland… Lovely Chris x

John Kingdon… What a memory, dear old Chris, God Bless him and Henry both sorely missed.