The Kult and The Initials, The New Breed and The Beat Syndicate. Hastings Pier December 1968.


supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey…. The local Bexhill based band The Kult – December 21st, 1968. Richard Melhuish (guitar), brothers Pete (Vocals) & Mike O’Driscoll (vocals & bass), and John Hales (drums)

Nigel Ford… The KULT made several appearances at Battle Dances too around this time.

Robert Searle… A bit before my time

Mike Waghorne… When did you join them Bob? I know it was 50 years ago but it does not seem that long , I can remember you playing 2nd guitar before taking over from Mick on bass

Heinz and The Wild Boys – Witch Doctor St Leonards 29th July 1967

The New Breed. Supplied by Mark Mackenzie – John Couchman, Peter Anderson, Joseph Black, Mark Mackenzie, Chris Wilson and Roger Fox.

Eddie Larnerd Lane… Heinz great song Just like Eddie

Mark Mackenzie… I was the drummer with The New Breed on that gig and seem to remember that we also did the Witch Doctor in Catford, we worked for Radio Caroline .

Nigel Ford… My Aunt took my Bruv & I to see either Ferry Cross the Mersey with Gerry & the Pacemakers or a Beatles film at the Gaiety, Queens Road around ’63 (?) and the supporting film starred Heinz, but I can’t remember the title, but vividly remember my Aunt saying afterwards “thank you for introducing me to Heinz”

Alan Esdaile… I think it must be ‘Live It Up’ Nigel. Great clip below, a rather young looking Steve Marriott.

Nigel Ford… Could that be Jet Harris on guitar ? I seem to recognise him? Looking on it seems it was likely Ritchie Blackmore, ‘ knew the face was familiar from somewhere…

Mick O’Dowd… Saw “The Blonde One” in The Tornadoes as Billy Fury’s backing band at The ABC( now ESK) in Cambridge Road.

Heinz contract from 1964 from a welsh valley gig. supplied by Roger Ferris

Mark Mackenzie… I was the drummer with The New Breed , there were two Witch Doctors one in St Leonards and the other in Catford,we did both quite a lot. Radio Caroline booked us for these gigs and others tramping up and down the motorways, great days.