Chasers and The Scheme – The Cobweb 7th Dec 1968


supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… Another one of those obscure bands I know nothing about.

Robert Searle… The Chasers from Chase Cross Romford Essex.

Alan Esdaile… I don’t remember them Sarah but thanks to the nudge from Robert I found this…

Robert Searle… Len Tuckey became Suzi Quatros lead guitarist in her backing band.

Pete Fisher… and they married in 1976

Image – The Cobweb St Leonards 29th November 1969


supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… The Cobweb 29-11-1969. Know nothing about ‘Image’ and trying to do a Google search on them is darn near impossible.

Jim Breeds… Image. Take a look at this FB page’s About section. Could it be? “formed in 1999” but “they decided to take over the name IMAGE, which was the name of Bryan and Greg’s father’s band in the early 80’s.” Probably not the same Image, then. Ah well, I tried 

Pauline Richards… Remember it well. Roger Saunders and that floor that made your clothes see through!!

Steve Maxted photos & The Cobweb cuttings.



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photos & cuttings supplied by Jozef Maxted

Mark Edir… Thursday nights.

Alan Esdaile… Thursday nights used to be a big night out with Steve Maxted, not sure how we managed to make work or school! on a Friday? Getting back home late was a problem. Have you been drinking alcohol, no honest it was only Corona dandelion & burdock or something else. Smoking was a bit more difficult you couldn’t get away with the excuse of walking past a bonfire more than once.

Mark Edir… Exactly no idea how I did it back then , I know today it would take me 2 days to recover. Remember George the non stop dancer , I think he was called George.

Alan Esdaile… Yes it was George. Remember him, he came from Bexhill.

John Wilde… George was a lovely fella, always smiling and quite well dressed too. Where are you George? Ahh Tamla Motown sunday club. Wonderful memories. Dance dance dance!  Very proud and amused to remember I won the Steve Maxted dance off 3 times at the Cobweb. “Uptight” by Stevie Wonder, “How sweet it is”Junior Walker and my favourites go on…

Mick O’Dowd… The Pyramids were a good reggae band was it Train Tour To Rainbow City their single. I believe they also rearranged their name to become Syramip to record Skinhead Moon Stomp.

Alan Esdaile…. Your right on both Mick but the big hit was All Change For The Bakerloo Line.

Mick O’Dowd… Great to see the pictures of the great man. He influenced me alot in the early days and Thursday nights were a must. I won two tickets to see the Yardbirds from him one night but couldn’t find a bird( sorry lady) to go with me so had to sell one of them! DOH!

Caz Simpson… I loved George, always had a slow dance with him. I wonder where he is now.

Tony Davis… You jogged a memory about George. Not only did he dance all night but it was rumoured he used to walk to and from Bexhill. Had some great nights watching and listening to Steve Maxted.

Mark Edir… Yes I believe he did walk home to bexhill now you say it

Caz Simpson… He told me he did, I was amazed at his stamina. To this day I wonder what made him shake so.


The Cobweb – more of April 1968 from Nigel Young Archives


Nigel Young Archives

Nigel Young….Thursday, 18.04.68 St Leonards-on-Sea The Cobweb
The local Purple were back the following week for another gig (admission again four shillings, five shillings for guests), this time with a ‘Stereo Disc Show’. Taste played The Cobweb in May, as did The Iveys (pre-Badfinger). 1969 started strongly with The Episode, Kippington Lodge, Simon Dupree And The Big Sound and Status Quo over successive weeks, Trapeze played there in May and Episode Six returned for the last time in June. A fire in the Dolphin Ballroom bingo hall (below the Cobweb) caused serious damage and brought the club to an end in December 1970.
© Nigel Young (from the forthcoming book, Deep Purple: Day By Night)


Nigel Young Archives

Nigel Young….Marine Court, an imposing Art Deco apartment block, fourteen storeys high, on the seafront at St Leonards-on-Sea in Hastings, in East Sussex, was built just before World War II, completed in 1938, lavishly modelled by architects Kenneth Dalgleish and Roger K Pullen on the Queen Mary, the Cunard-White Star Line’s new liner. (Cunard and White Star had merged during the financial difficulties of the Great Depression.) Now a Grade II listed building, it contains flats and restaurants, with shops at ground floor level. By 1968 it was home to The Cobweb with a capacity of 350, previously known from July 1964 to October 1967 as the Witch Doctor.
© Nigel Young (from the forthcoming book, Deep Purple: Day By Night)

Deep Purple – The Cobweb 1968


Nigel Young Archives  via  Ian McGilvray

Peter Pursglove….The Witch Doctor ,a great place RIP

Pete Fisher….. would have been 13 back then, and just beginning to play guitar, but sadly too young to go to this gig….had to delve into wikipedia to check my facts…this would have been the Mark 1 line-up, with Rod Evans on vocals and Nick Simper on bass, and only about a month after the band formed….I guess it was “Black Night” that first drew my attention, and became the pub jukebox soundtrack for several years…I remember buying Deep Purple In Rock in summer 1970, and playing it proudly to Bernard Jeffery and Steve (?) in my bedroom, who were in my first band, Black Ash, on drums and vocals, with Iain Cobby on bass, and deciding that was what we wanted to sound like…..along with Led Zep and Free….finally got to see Purple in Cologne with Steve Morse on guitar in 1996….would love to have seen Blackmore live!

Mick O’Dowd…..Sorry to disappoint. This Deep Purple were the Hastings branch and it was the other ones that nicked our name. So there!!

Peter Pursglove….Yes Mick , I just had a look and they were booked on the 11th and 18th

John Storer…..interesting to see that Episode Six were playing two nights later, a band that featured Ian Gillan on vocals and Roger Glover on bass.