Alan King… The Hounds of Jazz would have been a better name
photos supplied by Andy Knight
featuring Bob Shipway, Colin Pierce, Andy Knight, Jim Beadle and Dave Shaw. The graffiti photo was taken in Alfred Street, St Leonards. Is that Daisy on the wall?
Robert Searle… I remember seeing Shaft play at The Regent St Leonards. Dave Shaw was with me in a band called Foxy with Colin Fox and Les Harding.
Yvonne Cleland… Yes looks like Daisy graffiti!
Bob Shipway… Happy (and great fun) days!!!
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’s good to see something like this that brings back memories.
Gina Neale… My dad George Neale (you might have known him as whistling George) worked for KB from the late 1950s to the early 1980s. He worked in the Test Gear department, occasionally having to go on the roof to adjust the aerials , although he was the oldest on the section, as the younger blokes were scared of heights. I remember the Christmas parties for workers children, held in the canteen. My 2 older sisters and I used to go. By 1981 my younger brother an I had both left school. I was working next door at C&C Marshall; my brother was working at a garage place in Chichester Rd; my mum was working for MK Electric; dad was still at ITT (as it became) so we owe a lot to Ponswood. Dad was made redundant not long after, but was fortunate to get a job at Chloride Transipak where he worked until he retired.
Lynn Graham… I did, for a short while as I hated it
Stephen Moran… My mum Joan worked at KB probably in the late sixties, I don’t recall her saying anything negative about it. I think she made circuit boards for TVs.
Julie Findlay-jones… I knew there was a large stone in front of Hastings pier (late 1960s ISH) somebody on FB said I was wrong.
Peter Checksfield… My dad said you could still see the tooth marks from where William the Conqueror dined on the stone! A seven year-old me believed him!
Tim Moose Bruce… Where is the stone now?
Yvonne Cleland… used to pass this stone every morning and evening on the way to/from West St. Leonards Infants and Junior Schools! x
Kev Carleonis… Better where it is now.
Coco Pops… Where is it now?? as Tim asked.
Mick Knights… These were good times to be a teenager, listen to great music in the early evening and later going as guests of the landlord of the Horse and Groom to the Grenadier Club For more adult entertainment!!
Mick O’Dowd… Please not the Deep Purple here was the Hastings branch with Tony Bird, Mac, Len Benton, Pete Horton ! The other Purple were still Episode Six on April 13th.
Matt Thomas… My mum worked here
Alan Esdaile… notice the wages
Pauline Richards… And the part time hours ‘for women’
Cliff Wootton… I worked there from 1974 to 1978. Started on the factory floor and worked my way up to draughtsman, illustrator and tech pubs specialist. Happy days
Paul Morfey… Both me and my wife ( janette) worked at ITT in Hastings in the 70ts. That is where we met. We just celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary!
Pete Prescott… I worked there as a temp in 78. I was in the buying dept with Keith Garnsey.
Dave Nattress… Wages – and if I read it right, unequal rates for males/females doing the same job? Certainly though a major player ITT. I had several friends who worked there in different roles or who took different rolls to work, (ham, cheese and pickle and salmon and cucumber being well popular). Of the illustrations on the advert I’m sure many of us had their products. I actually had the radio, cassette player/recorder, (2 of them, used for band rehearsals), and my parents had , the music centre at one time albeit not the best HiFi. Another local name and employer long gone.
Peter Millington… My father Bob Millington worked there managing the Stores Dept. between about 1966 to about 1978. He also organised all the dances at the White Rock and the Queens Hotel, a busy chap!
Paul Bryant… My mother worked there for a short time,remember the Christmas party they used to throw for employees children
Ralph Town… See how repressed women were back then. Different wage rates for men and women. Terrible.
Jan Warren… I worked for British Radio Corporation, Beeching Road, Bexhill in 1971/72 they were soon taken over by ITT!! – I enjoyed working for BRC, lots of my schoolfriends were there, it was fun, nice atmosphere, happy days!!
Richard Johnstone… I worked there from 73 to 78 in production planning. We had 3 categories of production workers – high skilled males, low skilled males and females! Doing different jobs – women on the component assembly lines, men (skilled) on testing and fault correction and men (low skilled) on jobs known as ‘hauling and mauling’. No overlap between the sexes
Peter Ulyatt… I worked there from 1963ish to 1979 when my wife, 3 kids and I emigrated to Australia. When I started it was known as KB (Kolster Brands). I started checking radios as they came off the assembly line. If they worked, I calibrated them ready for dispatch. If they didn’t work they got put on one side for a technician to fix it. A couple of years later I became one of those technicians. When ITT took it over, can’t remember when, I started working on TVs as a technician and worked up to being a Test Diagnostician. Then came the start of colour TV. A screen about 12 ” across In a massive cabinet full of valves. You needed an asbestos suit to work on them. Good days and a good company to work for.
Pete Prescott… I worked in the purchasing department for a month (temping) in early 78 with Keith Garnsey. amazing guy.
Terry Corder… My first job was there in 1968!
Harry Randall… Did you make it?
supplied by Pete Prescott
Alan Esdaile… Not sure if you went to see The Bombshells at this one Karen?
Karen Sweatman… To be honest I can’t remember. Saw them so often around that time both locally and used to travel to some venues in Kent too. Most times I was a wee bit tipsy! Becky used to pass the microphone to me and my mates to help with the backing vocals. She gave the microphone to me when they were playing a cover of Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’ and I went to sing the really long ‘Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrnn’ and accidentally burped! Very embarrassing, but the Carlisle seemed to enjoy!
photo source http://www.offshoreradio.co.uk: Spangles Muldoon in the Radio Northsea International studio in 1970. Photo from the ‘RNI-book’ published by Hit-Publications, Switzerland.
Nick Prince… Spangles Muldoon also had a very short period on Radio Luxembourg. Still didn’t we all. Lol. Chris Carey also worked on Radio North Sea International and Radio Nova. He died in 2008 following two massive strokes.
Mick O’Dowd… Wasn’t he a Caroline DJ? I think Andre might have info on that.
Andre Martin… Hi I promoted this at the Regent Hotel, we renamed this the Broken Wheel for a short while and Spangles who was real name Chris Carey, living in Cambridge at the time. Paul was also involved in this project. the advert is for the first night, I have to say that it did not pull too many punters. Another little piece of the Past. Mick – your quite right, we also did a couple of gigs for us at Bluies-Canterbury around the same time as this. He was ex Radio Caroline South.He ended up working for commercial radio in Ireland.