Muller & Town Council – Executive Hotel Hastings.



photo supplied by Jon McCallion. Hotel Ad from 1969.

Muller & The Town Council possibly? supplied by Jon McCallion. Anyone help on this one? Its definately Brian(Bear) glasses, Steve Kinch and Jon McCallion but not sure about the two guys in the middle.

Advert from 1972

Steve Kinch….”Just seen this on the SMART page – One of the earliest shots of me (2nd from left) playing guitar on stage, aged 14 or 15. You could probably count the number of gigs under my belt on the fingers of one hand . Pic courtesy of my old friend John McCallion, seen singing far right.”

Phil Gill….Three guys in the middle – I spot a bass player between Steve Kinch and the bloke with the white shirt and beard.

Steve Kinch….Well spotted Phil – looks like a Burns Nu-sonic bass – in which case, it’s probably Iain Cobby. The drummer’s left handed, so pretty certainly Steve D. No idea who the two chaps in the middle are.

Paul Dove… yes steve Ian replaced me when i formed 3 on ice with nigel dance & jed,,!!Dont know who the other two were !!

Pete Fisher….Iain Cobby  was in Black Ash, with me and Bernie Jeffery… 1970…my first band!

Tony Court-holmes….i was there

Chris Baker….The chubby chap is Pete (Bill) Willshire not sure of the others. Bill used to deliberately mispronounce his words a lot. Elvis Presley became Alfie Prescott, Dave Dee & Co became Dave Dee, Dozy, Sleazy, Dirty Bitch etc. Great fun to watch the audience doing double-takes.

Alan Esdaile…..Thinking back to some of the early local groups I saw, the most popular covers they played were ‘Hush’, ‘Knock On Wood’ and ‘Ride Your Pony’. Anyone remember any others?

Jon McCallion… Paul, 3 on ice was before Muller, you left to form Candy Stripe with Jed and Nigel Dance. Ian Cobby is in this photo behind the guy with open shirt and Steve D is definitely playing .

Iain Cobby… well spotted young Mr Gill & young Mr Kinch, ’twas me and the Burns.

Sparrow Baker… Very not the Town Council although Bear was in it. Iain Cobby was blond wasn’t he ?

Jon McCallion…Haven’t seen this in a while, great times. Yes definitely Iain Coby Steve D & Steve Kinch remember it so well at the Executive Club Wellington Square Hastings


The Town Council beat group photos

all photos ©  Jackie Hersee

Alan Esdaile… not sure about the fourth photo, looks like just a duo?

Chris Baker… The card is my Mum and Dad’s pre STD phone number! My Dad’s parents had it put in at their house at 118 High St. and there was a big bacolite switch on the wall where we could either phone the extension at 118 or make external calls. “All very Heath Robinson” as my Mum used to say!

David Boss… On the beach rave card, I can remember getting on that bus

Alan Esdaile… I could have been on it as well! I remember a few coach trips, organised to support The Town Council. Ninfield Village Hall, Drill Hall Bexhill come to mind.

Monica Bane… Great pictures!! Thanks Alan

Alan Esdaile… Monica and thanks to Jackie.

Chris Baker… Bear taking over singing for a change!

Jaffa Peckham… I saw the The Town Council at least once; at the Drill Hall in Bexhill. I’m not sure how it came about, but I had an ‘audition’ as rhythm guitarist with them. This was around ’68 in someone’s kitchen. It was just with the drummer (Bear?) and bassist Bob Shipway. I believe the songs were ‘Fire Brigade’ by the Move and ‘Got to get you into my Life’ (perhaps to test my knowledge of diminished chords). I was no older than 16, and explained I really played bass. Bob let me try his bass, telling me to take care as it was a ‘classic’ bass’! I didn’t join them, so I probably failed the audition or we decided logistics were against us as I didn’t drive and lived in Bexhill. I don’t remember.

Chris Baker… Wow! That’s something I didn’t know Jaffa! Just imagine, we could have been in the same band! (Unless Bob and Brian were planning to replace me?). Fun times! Photo 4, who’s that will Steve Hersee I must be getting old, I don’t remember this at all! What we used to call Pebsham Tip?

Monica Bane… I have brother Steve Hersee record Sweet &Neat on the Decca Label!

Tony Court-holmes… who remembers Hartnells along White Rock?


The Town Council Sweet and Neat 7″ Single

supplied by Monica Bane

Jackie Hersee… Oh dear. My ex husband wrote this. Remember those days so well

Monica Bane… Lots of people remember the Town Council Jackie X

Tony Court-holmes… i do

Carol Arnold… So do i

Alan Esdaile… so do i

Mike Waghorne… Look at that futurama guitar from mid 60’s


The Soul Supply Show – 1967 – Kit Kat Club



All cuttings Andre Palfrey-martin collection

kit kat clubsupplied by Mick O’Dowd

Jim Breeds….1966 directory at that address … “Ore & Clive Vale Constitutional Club (Thos. Spiers, sec.)” Kit-Kat Club sounds much more fun! 🙂

Mick O’Dowd….Only lasted a short while. Anybody know how long?

Andre Martin….I  think that it had all but finished by end of October 1967 – perhaps a little longer, but I don’t have much information after that.