Great start to the new year and one of our busiest meets so far. Among the newbies this time were Tony Court-Holmes and Cedric Paine. Tony had lots of memories of working at The Anchor and also chatting about when he worked in Prinny’s George Street and remembers it when it was The Sombrero Cafe. Cedric was chatting about Blind Faith and the Isle Of Wight Festival and had some interesting stories of when he was working with Eric Clapton and George Harrison. Paul Morfey had with him his vinyl collection of Claire Hamill LP’s and was talking about the Claire’s track You Take My Breath Away which was on The Voice last week. Mick O’Dowd arrived with some interesting Mod & Northern Soul cd’s. Barry French had with him the rare LP version of Grand Funk Shine On with the original cover in bi-visual 3-D and fun was had looking through the blue and red lensed glasses to view it. He also had his Status Quo ticket from when they appeared in Alexandra Park. John Busbridge had with him his photo album of cuttings and tickets and John Parnell had an old photo of his dad’s furniture shop in Norman Road. Sarah Harvey was talking about Hastings Rock meeting has just taken place and information will be available soon and Barry Taylor has confirmed he is putting together another Barefaced Music charity event later in the year for St Michaels Hospice. As expected lots of chat about the future of the pier and also the funny Mark Steel Radio 4 show on Hastings. Positive response to the changes at The White Rock Theatre with regard to the seating, what future now if any for HMV and lots of interest in the mods outside Dimarco’s photo from 1964. Sorry if I didn’t get a chance to chat to you but this is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.
Andre Martin… Great way to start the New Year aand to see so many old faces.
Mick O’Dowd… Nearly standing room only. Great Meet. Well done Alan. Where do you keep finding theses interesting people?
Caz Simpson… Thank you Alan for your warm welcome to the SMART meeting, we really enjoyed ourselves xx
New people most welcome to join us.
Jack Irving… Can I bring some photos of the Savages with Screaming Lord Sutch?
Alan Esdaile… Yes be great Jack, you will be most welcome to join us.
Jim Breeds… New people” – aren’t they called babies, and a bit too young?
Mick O’Dowd… Isn’t that bordering on discrimination Jim? As a babe myself i’m offended!
Robert Forsyth… Thanks for the invitation Alan and looking forward to meeting you and friends.
Our 45th coffee meet and among the newbies this time were Caz Simpson and Chris Sherwin. Caz was chatting to Sarah Ferguson and Colin Bell about memories of The HiFi Club which was at the bottom of the High Street, Old Town. Chris was talking to Pete Millington and Lol about when he was in a trad jazz group with Pete Townsend on banjo and John Entwistle on horns called The Confederates, as well as lots of interesting stories to tell when he worked for Marshall Amps shop in Hanwell. Laurie Cooksey arrived with some more early Factory photos and Barry French had with him a full size cinema display poster advertising a double bill of Clint Eastwood’s Magnum Force and Dirty Harry. He also had a fold out tour programme from Steeleye Span Rocket Cottage 1976 tour and The Mirror newspapers Live Aid souvenir issue from 1985, as well as a bundle of comic books. Eric Harmer was talking about the recent success of the Barefaced St Michaels Hospice fund raising gig. General chat was about Paul McCarney’s new album Eqypt Station, happy memories of seeing The Kult, Pete Prescott making next year his last Beatles Day, Pete Bonner when they had a shop in Silverhill, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel coming to The De La Warr Pavilion in December and Tony Blackburn coming to The White Rock Theatre with The Sounds Of The 60’s next March 2019. What radio station do you listen to, Andre’s talk about The White Rock baths, the closing down of Music’s Not Dead and Di Paolo Cafe Bexhill and SMART taking a stand at the Hastings Seniors Fair. This is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.
Jan Warren… Sorry I couldn’t make it
Caz Simpson… It was so lovely meeting old friends, thank you
Tony Davis… Sorry to miss this one but was working.
Alan Wood… Very interesting,thank you
Sandy Max… I do wish you’d just do the occasional one earlier in the day while the kids are at school!
Jeanette Jones… You have a point Sandy
Mick O’Dowd… Come on you SMARTIES!
Josie Lawson… I used to love smarties LOL…HI Mick…
Mick O’Dowd… We all are just as delicious as we ever were Josie.
Alan Esdaile… Sorry Sandy, however we do plan to take a stand at The Seniors Fair at Sussex Coast College on Friday 19th October 2018 which runs from 10.00 til 13.00 and would be good to see you there.
Sandy Max… I shall be there!
Jeanette Jones… Thank You for all Your efforts to get us all together Ez. I am due at a Harry Potter party in Cardiff this Saturday & am travelling up with my alter ego Tonks Granma on the Friday, so sorry I won’t be able to make it this Friday. Catch You at The seniors Fair 🙂 Stay Well xxx
Josie Lawson… Hope you all enjoy. I always look forward to the write up after as can’t attend. I’m like it for any meetings can’t, I always hope for the minutes. That reminds me. I used to do the minutes for our sports group at school.Mine was Shaftesbury. Again enjoy…
Our 44 meet and were pleased to be joined by the new owner of Hastings Pier Mr Gulzar who was talking about his future plans and was happy to listen to our ideas and suggestions. Among the people this time were Cliff Wootton who was talking about the band ‘Perfect Strangers’ reforming. Pete Millington was going through his group photos and some crazy pictures of his bands in frilly shirts and loon pants. Laurie Cooksey had more information on the local band The Spirits. Iain Cobby arrived with framed lyrics to Lucky Man signed by Greg Lake. Gerry Powell had with him a Brooke Bond dividend stamp card, remember them? Sarah Harvey was talking about her group The Happy Maureens, who are due to appear at Hastings Pride on Sunday. Sid Saunders arrived with bags full of cd’s and kind enough to donate to Conquest Hospital Radio for their next fundraising sale. Roger Carey had a poster of Stan Tracey from The Carlisle gig in 1975, as well as a rare London Marquee leaflet when Felix played and photos of Hat Trick. Among the albums on display was Back Street Crawler who had Terry Wilson-Slesser on vocals which Pete Prescott remembered he replaced in a revamped Geordie group called The Dudes. Mike O’Dowd brought along his album copy of Uppers On The South Down, as we have been talking about it on the website lately. He also had A Teenage Opera soundtrack, Lets go down and blow our minds british psychedelic sounds of 1967 cd’s and 1964 and 1965 NME poll winners concerts on dvd. John Petri had some more Guitarist magazine cd’s. and I finally managed to buy the cd One Hastings Many Voices from Trevor Webb which I look forward to hearing. This is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.
Martin Richter… would loved to have been there – but I am certainly not worthy
Alan Esdaile… You would be most welcome to join us on a future meet Martin.
Geoff Peckham… I’ve spent a lovely afternoon in the company of some SMART people. Funnily enough, we were mainly discussing what it’s like being the age we are rather than what it was like being the age we were….and life’s good! Thanks Alan, once again, for organising it all.
Sid Saunders… Sheikh Abid Gulzar paid a visit to the SMART meeting today. It was a very happy and enjoyable meeting.
Jim Breeds… Sorry I missed this one. I spent the afternoon with cousins
Jeanette Jones… Hi Geoff & Ez, the stats bear out that the Oldens are happier than the Younguns Well until they’re not
Laurie Cooksey… I really enjoyed the meet this aft’noon, but then I always do.
Mick O’Dowd… What a comeback for Alan who’s looking much fitter now they have rebuilt him. This Meet kept him well and truly on his toes. Bit of a coup having a visit from The Sheik but interesting all the same. Many memories relived and new friends made. Well done
Josie Lawson… Very interesting….
Jan Warren… Sorry I missed it, had a doctor’s appointment…. hopefully next time!!
Our 43rd meet and among the newbies this time were Alan Pepper, Jan Warren and Gerry Powell. Alan had with him a copy of The Federations Scallywags single which he gave to a very pleased Kevin Burchett, who has been trying to track down who sang this song, for years. Alan was talking about his time as Al Richards DJ and when he did his impressions on a pilot for the First Impressions tv show. Jan finally made it at last and arrived with lots of Fusion Orchestra posters, The Beatles Hard Days Night souvenir book, The Kult photo, The Four Tops , Free and others from the Fairfield Halls Croydon, Rolling Stones picture disc and a pile of cassettes including The Walker Brothers, Barclay James Harvest, Spencer Davis Group etc. Gerry Powell was talking about when he was working on Radio Caroline as Tony Kirk and memories of the Dutch police raid on the ship. Also he had with him a very rare tour programme from 1967 featuring Chuck Berry and Del Shannon. Pete Prescott had with him Bob Harris The Whispering Years book, Claire Hamill Stage Door Johnnies LP, as well as some bizarre LP’s from Peter Sellers, Arthur Lowe, David Kossoff Larkin Singing cockney songs and many more. John Petri had with him a huge bundle of guitarist cd’s which he was happy to give away to anyone that was interested. He also had with him a cd of the Ouzo Brothers, as well as a cd of his own work under the title of Only Johnny P which I’m looking forward to listening to. The Ouzo’s featured John, Grant, Nigel, Rick Pentecost, Steve Demetri, Phil Gill and Phil Thornton and has been copied across from old cassettes. Kevin Burchett made a very kind donation of £300 from the Scalliwags reunion for Hastings Hospital Radio, thanks to Sid Saunders for taking the photos. Andre Martin was very pleased to announce he will have the first interview with the new mayor, on the Chris Gentry show on Conquest Hospital Radio next Thursday. Andre was also talking to Mick O’Dowd about the pier history. Sarah Harvey and Tony Davis were talking about the success of Hastings Rock and the recent gig at Azur with Coda and Eclipse. This is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.
Jan Warren… Thanks for your lovely, warm welcome and hospitality, so nice to meet you all xx
Mick O’Dowd… Perhaps you will come out from under your stone more often now Jan. Nice to meet you.
Kevin Burchett… at the Smart meet on friday while making the conquest hospital radio donation i had a belated birthday present from scalliwagger Alan Pepper, an original Scallywag record by the band Federation thank you Alan
Jan Warren… Hi Alan, thanks for including me in your report, especially my Fusion Orchestra pics, as you have probably guessed I’ve always remained totally dedicated to this band, one of the best bands I’ve ever seen, I went to many of their gigs, and Jill (Saward) inspired me to sing and play musical instruments, she’s amazing!! – apart from that, it was so good to finally get to your meeting and to chat with some lovely, musical people!! ……. I forgot so many things I wanted to say, my mind went “blank” as soon as I entered the roomful of people, the same thing happens to me when I enter a shop full of “music” ……. cds, tapes, vinyl, I start looking through and cant for the life of me remember what I’m looking for???? haha, I should make a list!! – anyway Alan, I just wanna say you’re a fantastic “host” to your guests at the SMART meetings and on your SMART facebook group, you keep things running very well and organised and thanks for making me feel so welcome, I very much enjoy being part of this group, music has always been a huge part of my life from a very early age (thanks to my Dad!) and Hastings has always been MY childhood seaside town and remains so today!! – thanks Alan!
Jim Breeds… I only made it for a brief 5 minutes before my pier meeting, but nice to meet you Jan. Next time, I’m sure!
Pete Fairless… Likewise. May get to a SMART soon!
Tony Qunta… Very sorry I missed the meeting this time. Look forward to the next one!
Kev Towner… When are you going to meet somewhere ACCESSIBLE!! LOL
Judith Monk… Thanks for including The Seekers pics. My brother Jerry was part of this. I must try and get to your next meeting.
Our 42nd meet and a number of people left early for a separate meeting on Hastings Pier but were quickly replaced by late comers. Among the newbies this time were John Baker and Sid Saunders. John was chatting about the times he worked at The Aquarius and Astral Club. Sid was remembering pirate radio days, when a disc jockey used to appear in the Pier cafe and they used to give him request on a piece of paper to take back to the ship. Lee Merry had photos of gig posters of bands he promoted at The Carlisle and other places in the 1980’s. Among the bands were English Rogues, Truncheon Meat Squad, Vicious Minds, Becki and The Bombshells, Big Spanner and Lost In Space. Len Benton arrived with a Record Songbook featuring Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas on the cover, also some more photos of The Seekers, Pardon and Deep Purple. Roger Carey had with him a flyer from early 2000 of bands that played at the Pilot Field club. Also leaflets of Alexander’s in Chester when Liane was on the bill. Among the other interested names to appear was Jan Akkerman. He also had a recent leaflet for Sprit Of 66 Festival Belgium which featured some great acts. Mick O’Dowd was talking about Wynder K Frog album and Johnny Walker and Radio London. Sarah Harvey was looking forward to Hastings Rock radio ,back on the airways on 5th May. Pete Prescott had with him the first glance of Beatles Day 19 programme, as well as bags full of lp’s and singles. Including The Telham Tinkers Hot In Alice Springs, Andrew Caine What Kind Of World 12” single and a interesting compilation The Tony Macaulay and John MacLeod Song Book Album. Lots of chat and thoughts about the future of The White Rock Theatre and gardens, Graham Nash coming to the De La Warr and Scalliwags reunion on 31st March at The Masonic Hall.This is just a small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.
Andy Qunta… Sounds like a fun time, as always!