Tich Turner’s Escalator in the bus shelter! Early 80’s.

supplied by Rick Pentecost

Steve Demetri, Steve Kinch, Rick Pentecost, Paul Thomas, Tich Turner, Andy Caine

Rick Pentecost… I think this was in the bus shelter, outside The Chatsworth.

Angela Frances Gardner… Great picture

Heather Sidery… Good to see!

Alan Esdaile… What a wonderful photo. Happy times.

Tich Turner… Good Lord Rick! I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen this photo before. Alan sent it to me. Thanks Alan. What a great photo. Hope you and yours are well Rick, and what handsome chaps we were! [Still are, of course].

Jacquie Hinves… Tich, you look so young. Great days.

Tich Turner… That’s because I was!

Glenn Piper… yes, you were

Liane Carroll… These wonderful Hastings Dudes!!!

Nicola Dobson… I knew Steve Demetri…

Andy Qunta… Great photo! Good times!

Jo Turner… Great picture

Alamo Leal… Great band!

Tony Court-holmes… bloody hell all so young

Mike Waghorne… Tich looks younger there than he did when I knew him at colledge in the early 70’s

Pete Houghton… Great photo and what great day’s

 

Head On plus Missing Persons – Queens Hotel 1st December 1979

supplied by Mick Mepham and Pete Prescott

featuring Pete Prescott, Andy Qunta, Tony Qunta, Steve Kinch and Mark Thirsk.

Pete Prescott… I remember this gig. I was very nervous. They were amazing players. Nice guys as well.

Andy Qunta… I vaguely remember it too! Pete did a great job! Unfortunately I think it was the last gig we did. Couldn’t fight punk rock with prog rock! Fun while it lasted though!

Tony Qunta… I remember it too. A line up with great potential!

Ernest Ballard… Great band saw them a few times before I started playing drums (wink wink ). Long time ago now

Pete Prescott… We played a gig at a boutique in London. After the gig I got really drunk on punch (dangerous stuff). We got back to Hastings in time for me to go to work. The green cross code man was there. Huge guy. That was (I think) the last gig. Mark was an amazing drummer. Brilliant players. I felt out of my depth. I remember loving Tony’ s voice on “only you”. I’ve still got a tape of songs like “the burning of Atlanta” it was great being in the band with guys like that. And they were so funny.

Steve Kinch… Yes Pete, absolutely agree, Mark was a fabulous drummer with a great sense of humour.

Tony Qunta… Great memory Pete! Yes the green cross code man – was he in Star Wars or something? Thank you for your lovely comments about the band. Your vocals were fantastic with the band – it’s a shame the band didn’t keep going!  ‘Dinosaur Promotions’!

Steve Kinch… David Prowse – He was only Darth Vader!!!!  Great times! Hastings in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s was the pefect environment for young musicians learning their craft. With hindsight, the late 70’s wasn’t exactly a good time to be attempting to get a “prog” band off the ground

Andy Qunta… True, Steve, but it was fun trying! Listening to the old tapes makes me feel it was well worth it! Pretty darn good stuff!

Stallion – introducing the band 1974 & Stallion poster 6th November 1973.

supplied by Mick Mepham

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supplied by Phil Thornton

Alan Esdaile… Great find Phil.  Stringer Jones, was a duo with Martin Stringer and Malcolm Jones.

Martyn Baker… Malcolm Jones was the other half of Stringer-Jones with Martin Stringer in Hastings (1975-6). I kind of re-met Malcolm again when we both worked for Capital Radio in the 80’s. Martin now lives in the west of Ireland. Both top geezers.

Harry Randall… RIP Vic/Tony and Steve gone to young! Sadly missed I’m sure by all who new them!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My that takes me back. Fond memories of Steve D, rest in peace dear friend.

Martin Stringer… Crikey.

Head On and Hat Trick – Hastings Pier 16th February 1979

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flyer supplied by Mick Mepham, poster supplied by Roger Carey, ad supplied by Sarah Harvey, photos by Chris Meachen, Hat Trick playlist Roger Carey.

Head On featured – Tony Qunta, Mark Thirsk, Steve Kinch and Andy Qunta and Hat Trick featured Barry French, Dave Shirley, Roger Carey and Dennis Wootton.

Andy Qunta….those pics do look like they could be from that gig! Can’t believe my moustache! That was a great night, as I recall! I especially like the travel arrangements at the bottom of The Hat Trick playlist.

Geoff Peckham… Thought that was the encore!

Steve Kinch….I can’t believe my hair!

Pete Prescott….you could pick up radio 4 on those haircuts.you didnt look like that when i was in the band.do you remember falling off the front of the stage at a gig andy ? when you told me the story i nealy wet myself ! over to you. . .

Sarah Harvey… One of those moments when I suddenly remembered playing in a gig! This time with Hat Trick supporting Head On! Doh! This is the set list for ‘Hat Trick’ when supporting ‘Head On’ at the Pier…. ‘The Rooter’ was a progressive rock song about derelict railway steam engines (Roger described it is an epic) …. would have appealed to Mr. Cooksie. Opening number ‘Maybe Now’.

Conan Howard… here’s to all you boys that never left Hastings in your lives.

Stallion – photos by Chris Meachen

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Steve Kinch, Tich Turner, Steve Demetri, Vic Bridger

Harry Randall… Tony played lead guitar along with me in “Footloose” and “Slack Alice” still miss him!

Ernest Ballard… Slack Alice. With Paul Bourner on drums and Sedgefield on vocals. Great band

Gerry Fortsch… Brings back some great memories seeing my old mate Tony.

Harry Randall… Still bump into Brian on dog walks!

Tony Court-holmes… that does make me feel old

Glenn Piper… First band I roadied for

Alamo Leal… Tich?? I didn’t know he played the flute! I happen to know that he stepped in for John Wilde at one point, for the fact the John went down to Portugal to meet up with me in the Algarve, in 77.

Conan Howard… It was Pete Finberg that played guitar with Slack Alice when I knew them ,in the 70s

Harry Randall… Could be the other Slack Alice there was another band with same name!

Steve Kinch in The Rubettes in the mid 80’s

supplied by Steve Kinch

Iain Cobby… Nice impression of Stan Laurel, Steve

Pete Fisher… sorry Steve couldn’t suppress my curiosity and found this…nice close-ups of you at 2’06”-2’18”..!!

Steve Kinch… Thanks for that, Pete! Not seen that clip before. Like a great deal of my history, I have absolutely no memory of it.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… MMEB is more your style, Steve! Fortunately, I have total recall of my history

Muller & Town Council – Executive Hotel Hastings.

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photo supplied by Jon McCallion. Hotel Ad from 1969.

Muller & The Town Council possibly? supplied by Jon McCallion. Anyone help on this one? Its definately Brian(Bear) glasses, Steve Kinch and Jon McCallion but not sure about the two guys in the middle.

Steve Kinch….”Just seen this on the SMART page – One of the earliest shots of me (2nd from left) playing guitar on stage, aged 14 or 15. You could probably count the number of gigs under my belt on the fingers of one hand . Pic courtesy of my old friend John McCallion, seen singing far right.”

Phil Gill….Three guys in the middle – I spot a bass player between Steve Kinch and the bloke with the white shirt and beard.

Steve Kinch….Well spotted Phil – looks like a Burns Nu-sonic bass – in which case, it’s probably Iain Cobby. The drummer’s left handed, so pretty certainly Steve D. No idea who the two chaps in the middle are.

Paul Dove… yes steve Ian replaced me when i formed 3 on ice with nigel dance & jed,,!!Dont know who the other two were !!

Pete Fisher….Iain Cobby  was in Black Ash, with me and Bernie Jeffery… 1970…my first band!

Tony Court-holmes….i was there

Chris Baker….The chubby chap is Pete (Bill) Willshire not sure of the others. Bill used to deliberately mispronounce his words a lot. Elvis Presley became Alfie Prescott, Dave Dee & Co became Dave Dee, Dozy, Sleazy, Dirty Bitch etc. Great fun to watch the audience doing double-takes.

Alan Esdaile…..Thinking back to some of the early local groups I saw, the most popular covers they played were ‘Hush’, ‘Knock On Wood’ and ‘Ride Your Pony’. Anyone remember any others?

Jon McCallion… Paul, 3 on ice was before Muller, you left to form Candy Stripe with Jed and Nigel Dance. Ian Cobby is in this photo behind the guy with open shirt and Steve D is definitely playing .

Iain Cobby… well spotted young Mr Gill & young Mr Kinch, ’twas me and the Burns.