The Troggs – Hastings Pier – 7th August 1966

supplied by Andre Martin

Gerry Fortsch… Does anyone remember if this was the night that the Troggs did not make it and the Mindbenders played instead. I did give Reg Presley a bit of stick about it many years later, the Mindbenders were great.

Peter Fairless… I wonder if Andre would know? My brother had tickets to the no-show gig, he was not impressed.

Robert Wren… I saw The Troggs at the Oasis club in I think the early 80s. No stage and hardly any one there but Reg Presley was on top form.

The Troggs – Sunday Dance Club Hastings Pier 16th July 1967

David Kent…Bob Kirkwood ended up working at Summerfields Sports Centre.

Colin Bell… This night was my first experience of meeting the total one-off that was Reg Presley, he made me laugh so much over the ensuing years, I loved him, bless him

Joan Ann Cooper-fenner… I went to see them in Worthing 67


The Troggs, Unit 4 plus 2, Pinkertons Assorted Colours – Hastings Pier 5th July 1969

supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey…Its hard to imagine such low key advertisements for such bands these days but you can’t deny that Sunday nights were a lot more lively in 1969.

Yvonne Cleland… Wild Thing one of the best!  Hank Wangford did a great live version of this. As of course, did J. H!

Jenny Tyler… I  was there. It was great. X

Linda Day… I was there too

Stuart Moir… That’s when Hastings was one of the the country’s top venues

Mick O’Dowd… Too true Stuart. Also a hotbed of musical talent.

Carol Arnold… ahhhh i was there.

Gavin Martin… “Your pants are low and your hips are showing…” a precog of the Hoxton hipster, 45 years upfront.

Gerry this the Pop dance that the Troggs never made and we ended up with the brilliant Mindbenders instead?

Alan Esdaile… Not sure Gerry as did not go to this one. The other dates I had that they played the pier are 7th August 1966, 16th July 1967. Andre might be able to confirm?

Pete Fairless… Not immediately able to check dates for you, Alan. At least one will have been a no-show, I think.

Mick O’Dowd… We don’t have “Grand Pop Dances” like we used to do we.

Gerry Fortsch… Maybe we should, it would be fab man

Mick O’Dowd… Really groovy and far out man!