John Warner… The Marina, Restaurant on ground floor, Ballroom and casino upstairs, Witchdoctor at the top!
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Colin Fox… The Mike Stuart Span seem to have been popular in Hastings. Does anyone know anything about them? and does anyone know the support bands?
Colin Norton… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Stuart_Span
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Sarah Harvey… Being a bit too young to visit The Cobweb at that time…. was this the actual opening night? February 23rd, 1968.
Wendy Weaver… I think Don Smith owned the Cobweb or even the Witchdoctor in the early days. He also had Aquarius I think and certainly owned Rennies (later Dennies) plus the Penguin Snooker Club until it was purchased for the Town Centre Development. He hoped to make the space that was the Cobweb a Casino but could not get permission.
Andre Martin… The Witch Doctor and Cobweb, were owned by another Mr Smith from Manchester who owned amongst other clubs in the North Mr Smiths in Manchester, the Catford Witch Doctor and several others. Don Smith was another Smith, who had interests in and around Hastings in the club business. You also had Eric Rennie, who I understood had the head lease for the Dolphin, which included Witch Doctor, Grenadier Club and Restaurant in Marine Court.
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Sarah Harvey… January 25th, 1969. Simon Dupree And The Big Sound….I loved ‘Kites’ …..very haunting song for the time. And there are Status Quo yet again!
Andy Qunta… Kites! Still sounds fantastic! Have it on my iPod! Some of this band went on to form Gentle Giant, I believe!
Terry Huggins… That’s right. Their retrospective view of Kites was that it was crap. Simon Dupree didn’t exist. If I recall correctly it was three brothers and a few friends. They were all multi instrumentalists
Andy Qunta… Indeed, Terry, i think they were the Shulman brothers? Our own Roger Carey played with a later version of Gentle Giant, I believe!
Sarah Harvey… Roger did indeed play with the later version of Gentle Giant….Three Friends….. they are a band starring several former members of Gentle Giant Gary Green (guitar, vocals) Malcolm Mortimore (drums) ….here is Roger playing with them in Tokyo….
Phil Thornton… saw Roger Carey with Three Friends, (faultless recreations of GG classics) 3 times ! – top class Bass and vocals from Roger !
Mick O’Dowd… I saw this show by Simon Dupree & Big Sound and was so moved I went out and bought their LP Without Reservations the next day! Excellent blue-eyed soul band (am I aloud to say that?) and they only had the one LP before they morphed into Gentle Giant. Incidentally Kites wasn’t on this Lp and only saw the light on the compilation album afew years back with the other gem Parade of Broken Hearted Pirates.
Andre Martin… Kites used to get a lot of plays on BBC Radio London by Robbie Vincent in his soul show days – Saturday Morning was always a cracker of a show, with lots played for the residents of Sunny Sydenham where I had friends.
Sarah Harvey… I adored Kites…. such a haunting song.
Andre Martin… It was a fantastic tooon without a doubt Sarah.
Tony Court-holmes… your not old enough to remember that sarah i remember sunday nights were tamla nights.
Ernest Ballard… Far out man
Leigh Wieland-Boys… Is it too late to enter the Go-Go competition?
Tony Court-holmes… go for it
Dave Nattress… The luscious Leigh, no way is it too late for you, go go for it!
Leigh Wieland-Boys… Dave the mind is willing but the body isn’t these days
Dave Nattress… Leigh, it’s an old saying, you’re only as old as you feel in the head – or something like, so that makes me 310 tonight. But, really, it does not seem like about 45 years ago that you and Jane D used to be in the Cont. working together and then go out on the razzle in Hastings!!
Pete Fisher… win a chicken?!!
Tony Court-holmes… dead or alive ?
Paul Coleman… The Kult! I thought they were a great band & they did actually release a record called “No Home Today” which I thought was good. Might even have got into the charts.
Led by by 2 brothers, Mick & Pete o’Driscoll who were friends of my brother, Martin. They were Ninfield boys if I remember right. They certainly played at the memorial hall there. Late 60’s I’m guessing. They had a great local following & used to lay on coaches for their fans to go to their gigs. Great times.