Beat Rave with The Suspects, The Springbeats and Mud Mulligans Big Boss Band – Hastings Pier 15th April 1967

Dave Nattress… As well as these gigs at Hastings Pier, as remarked before, these events called Beat Raves, were often also presented (and billed as such), at the De La Warr, Bexhill. I started attending them in about 1968 when I was 15, but there wasn’t a lot of raving back then, and of course “Rave” much, much later, actually did become pretty much just that aided for some by funny little tablets. But the raving in Bexhill was assisted by gallons of weak beer and that was about it back in the 60’s in Bexhill. I didn’t get to Hastings Pier for gigs until about 1970 and certainly the beer on offer there was well watered down – a lot was needed before any raving went on!

The Suspects – 1960’s

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Karen Sweatman….This is The Suspects, who were a local band during the sixties and think the seventies. My Dad, Peter Blackman is the one second in from the right. Does anybody remember them? Would love to hear memories.

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all photos supplied by Karen Sweatman

Dave Easton, Peter Shaw, John Unwin, Peter Blackman, Mick Ingram

Andy Qunta….Saw them many times – great band!

Peter Millington….Played Bass for them in 1972/3. Dave was the best front man around and what a voice!!!

Robert Searle….Also played bass with them1970/71 .With Dave Easton,Graham Putland,Trevor Spears and Stuart Moir,and later with Les Harding. First gig,Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall.Lovely times.

Alan Esdaile….Likewise, I saw them play many times. Great days.

Dave Easton….Great times and good friends

Andre Martin….Following on from the series of Photos of Suspects – I have found this in the Observer February 1966

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Stuart Tanner….This is uncanny Peter Shaw, you have not changed at all !!!

Stuart Moir… OMG Beano Easton no less, didn’t you lot look smart he he … The Original Suspects who I joined when Pete’ decided to have a break.

Peter Shaw… John Unwin people, not Rod Sargent !!

originally thought it was Rod Sargent but have updated thanks to Pete Shaw.

Colin Fox… Wasn’t Graham Putland playing with the Suspects at some point?

Peter Shaw… Graham was in “The Lurking Gromwells” but yes Colin, Graham rolled his Ford Thames van (with us in it!) whilst in the Suspects taking out a farmers new fence! Doh!

Andre Martin… Thanks for that info Pete, somebody asked me about the Lurking Gromwells a few weeks back in conjunction I think with the Pier – now you have provided the answer.

Jane Hartley… Suspects van parked down the bottom of my road yesterday!

Robert Searle… Was Suspects when I was a member

Chris Baker… I remember Graham letting me try his Gibson Les Paul at the Round Table. Felt like it hardly had frets at all!

Mick O’Dowd… Deep Purple (Hastings) played with The Suspects and Prohibition at the Polegrove Bexhill for an event called “Rodeo 67” think it might have been 1967.