The Spooks – old scout hut Salehurst Road, Eastbourne. 1962


supplied by Len Smith – Eastbourne Bands From 1960 on

Dave Nattress… Eastbourne Bands – not a bad idea to broaden this out a little bit. Personal view – apologies, but might answer a few nagging questions about the local-ish scene. Don’t know the Spooks – a bit before my time. But a name connection or link to a band from Bexhill called The Spirits. Any information anyone – late 60’S – maybe mid-60’s. “The Spirits” was a graffiti on a wall of Bexhill Down Junior School – as was – been KIng Offa Junior for years.  Back to Eastbourne, but I don’t know where the bands came from – I would guess the local area. One I saw in a pub in South Street, Eastbourme, was called Ptarmigan – as in the Scottish game bird – Basically Rock and unbelievably good but the most memorable track was “Tracks of my Tears” by Smokey Robinson. Was mid 70’s. Also, about the same time was a band called Nightrider, who I saw in the same pub and also at the pub in Chiddingly – The Gun was it, a couple of times, who did Rock and maybe what could be called Post-Punk. Excellent live band.

Colin Fox… omg! pre Beatles. I was 17 in this photo and the rest of the group were younger. Where have the years gone?

Robert Searle… Another great picture

Colin Fox… The only Nightriders I remember from Eastbourne are here:


Julie White… I remember the Spooks, although never actually saw them. I went up to Ratton School in 1962 at the age of 12. There were lots of older girls with big hair who used to wear black and white button badges with Spooks on them.


The Spooks – 1964


supplied by Colin Fox

In Worthing at the Sussex Beat Group Championship. The Spooks came first in the heat but were beaten in the final. The Alexanders and Tony Kenward and The Defiants, both from Eastbourne, also took part. L to R: Colin Fox, you can just see the drummer, (John Atkins with dark glasses), Dave Shaw, Chris Putland and John Brooker.

Peter Millington….Well I wonder who won? The attached photos explain what a great night the final was at Elizabeth Hall, Eastbourne, at least it was for a Hastings group – The Confederates. L-R Tony Goodman, Ginger Millington, Dave Saunders, Johnny Conroy and Trevor Spears



The crowd at the Evening News Sussex Beat Competition. All supporting their favourite groups – Circa. March 1964


all photos supplied by Peter Millington

Peter Millington…Another cutting with more details of the finalists. The Evening News National competition in London didn’t materialise. The Four Pennies appearance was changed from Portsmouth to Broadstairs and they didn’t bother to turn up!!!! The Confederates had to do the gig on their own, great fun? Four Pennies fans were a bit p****d off to say the least.

Alan Esdaile….Can you remember what you spent the £50 on Pete?

Peter Millington…..Split 6 ways including our manager/driver/van owner, (£8.00 each with £2.00 in the kitty, no not the cat). My share put towards my HP payments for the new blue Fender Precision Bass and the Vox amplifier. No change left for pleasures of the flesh unfortunately LOL


The Spooks – circa 1964


supplied by Hastings groups from 1958 to the present

L-R Colin Fox, Chris Putland, John Atkins, ? John Brooker. — at The Pier Hotel, Eastbourne.

Robert Searle….Colin Fox proper Fender man

Will Cornell….So….THIS is where the Cramps got the “font” for their logo!

Pete Fisher…..AC30s rule!