Tony May….While we are on the subject of D.J’s in situ, here’s a pic of me D.J’ing at ‘Speakeasy’ along Kings Rd from around 1982. How things have changed these days! No, mics for D.J’s, no record decks – no records!
Pete Fairless….The DJ played a lot of ABC and Spandau Ballet, as I recall
Tony Court-holmes….i remember humping gear up into some strange places you had gigs
all photos supplied by Tony May
Tony May…..Yes, wonderful days – I was busy busy busy then most of it concerning a search for RECORDS – HA HA.
Matt Thomas…..HAIR!!!!!!!! LOL
Leigh Wieland-Boys…..we always used to wait for the first person to get up on the dance floor…..so that was you, was it?! Unfortunately I can’t seem to enlarge this photo so can’t see them very well. I worked various pubs & clubs, glass collector at Aquarius 1971-1972 – Cocktail waitress at Saturdays 1975-1976, Cinque Ports 1976-1979, also Scallis during that time (as well as a full time job)
Tony May…..Thanks guys! Yes, Leigh – I was always one of the first to ‘get on up and get down’ HA HA
Pete Fairless…..It was a great little club, spent quite a bit of time there, early ’80s…
Paul Bryant… I particularly liked the cinema section they had there,always showing a dodgy horror movie. Sure it was Colin Russell djing down there but my memory isn’t as good as it used to be,plus it was a long time ago
Jeff Belton… Reminds me when I did my second disco. In a place called Marlow House, Sidcup, Kent. Had their own set up, two decks, and a lighting control. All I had to take was my records , headphones, mic. This was in the late 1983.
Notice the pop group on the poster, The Thompson Twins or is it Imagination ?
After 1983 I carried on doing discos for 21 years , 2004. Those were the days lol.
Pete Fairless… That’s Imagination, Jeff
Paul Bryant… Sorry it’s actually Shalimar.
Terry Hardwick… I was the DJ Speakeasy Colin Russell worked with me . This is where I met Tony.
Anyone remember this shop next to Christ Church? I think it was mainly classical records but might be wrong?
Andy Qunta… Don’t actually remember this place.
Tony May… This is a really interesting find Alan! I certainly don’t ever remember a record shop in that position? Mind you, this is from 1972 so I would only have been 7 at the time. If this shop did exist it is faior to assume that it wasn’t in existence for many years. There was a record shop a bit further down on that side on the corner next to where the co-op is now in the 1980’s though. Can’t recall what it was called at the moment but I bought the ‘Candles’ album by Heatwave in there in 1981/2 shortly before it closed.
Clive Garrard… In about May 1973,on a day trip from Tonbridge,i bought “Sweet” -“Hellraiser” on a single in a record shop in London road,St Leonards.It was on the left hand side going up London road,before the large Church.Does anyone remember this shop?
Alan Esdaile… It was probably the above one, Clive.
Judie Struys.. I certainly do. I bought an album with my first ever pay packet. 1972 I think. It was Deep Purple in Rock. Played it over and over again. I can’t remember the name of the shop though.
Judith Monk… Got my first colour tv from them as a result of this ad!
Roy Penfold… Fond memories (not) of working for them when they became Granada and removing all of the big 26″ valve sets for upgrade to the ‘new’ transistorised ones….
Tony Stevens… I DID WORK FOR REDIFFUSION REPAIRING TV BACK IN THE 70S
Ian Quinnell… Lots of memories from working there in the 70’s. Workshop was HOT in the summer (esp ’76!) and cold in winter when heating failed, but coffee topped up from a bottle of rum and scotch helped
Nigel Ford… I wonder if the (redundant?) cables are still underground all over the town? How many towns had Redifusion, was it a southern thing only?
Roy Penfold… Many of the cables are no-doubt still in-situ. I have noticed a couple of houses that still have the outside boxes, although painted over now.
There is a website at http://www.rediffusion.info that states they were global! Tony and Ian probably can remember my uncle (now deceased) – David Turner who worked as one of the techs. He was a bit of a strange one and disassociated himself from everyone in the family when his mother and father had passed on. I only found out that he was working in the same firm as me (on Ponswood) when I had left and had to collect his possessions from Brighton hospital once he had passed away. The house is still in my family – my parents, Mick & Gill (David’s sister) now live there. It was like a time-warp back to the 1960s when we first opened the house up to clear it out and sort things for probate etc.
Ian Quinnell… I was at Rediff from 1971 to 1977. I have a vague notion about a Dave Turner, seemed to be a bit of an odd character.but can’t be certain. However, I remember a Bill Penfold – was he related to you Roy?
Barry Newton… Good times working out of Ponswood. I think I did 7+ years with mainly a good crew. Worked Hastings, Rye, Eastbourne and Lewes, happy days. We liked to think of ourselves as erection speciatists, LOL it also had a good social side
Martin Richter… can you ask them to come and get their box – it’s still on the wall
Jacqueline Marsh… Do any of you remember Ron Kettle? he was a manager who came back from Hong Kong and ended up managing the Southern Region, based I believe in Ponswood. I seem to remember going there to collect him in the car when his was being serviced.
Josie Lawson… I rented a Rediffusion TV From a shop in Ore village…
Tim Moose Bruce… Used to work at Buss Foods opposite Rediffusion site at Ponswood. I remember an incident when the night shift were working at one part of the building while at another part,thieves were helping themselves to stuff! I think they tried to break in to the Buss food retail shop that night too, and some other places on ponswood got hit too.
Yvonne Cleland… We got our first tv from Rediffusion in Robertson Street! Used to have to go there every week for the payments. I remember when they first displayed colour tvs! They later had a shop in London Road, St. Leonards, as I remember.
poster & cutting supplied by Pete Prescott
supplied by Alan McCleave
Pete Prescott….that was a fun night, jump the gun were very good, dave woods was amazing and the place was packed. Probably the best time for the lost boys.we were twenty four years younger and at least that many stones lighter ! The place was always packed. I have a few of those nights on video.
I tried to appreciate The Lost Boys and those gigs. I knew it was never gonna be as good again. It was like a great big social club. So many people going mad. Brilliant times.
At the time there were 5 bands in the u.k.called The Lost Boys, we found that out when we registered the songs on the first tape we put out (remember cassettes!?)
Alan McCleave… Hastings rock night. Dave wood, ernie Ballard, joe rytlewski, Peter Prescott, Jez Gillette, mick burt + a host of others.
Redstar Richter… eek – played on stage with most of that lot!
Ernest Ballard… Hey hey. What a memory. My old rock band JUMP THE GUN. On a fab night gigging with the other rockers in Hastings. It was a bloody great night as I remember. Happy days. And when we all had hair!! X
Pete Prescott… Who fancies identifying them left to right !
Martyn Baker… I think you’re there Pete.
Andy Knight… I remember that night!
Nigel Polley… i was there
Steve Simpson… How weird. The singer from another band I played in now has a band called Jump The Gun.
Roland Groves… Saw Jump The Gun at Berties Bar in the early nineties.
Ernest Ballard… Cassettes yes they worked well. Just used to chew up. Then they were totally trashed. The gig was awesome. Didn’t we have some great times Pete. Happy memories
Martin Richter… nice line up 🙂 some faces there 🙂
Joe Knight… Great!!!