New people welcome to join us
Wow! What can I say! A brilliant turn out for our 50th Coffee meet. A big thank you to everyone for making it so special. Among the newbies this time were Trevor Chenery, Jack and Janice Irving, Jim Westlake and Malcolm Sharp. Trevor was talking about his band Tzar when they were on the bill with Ashton Gardner & Dyke and Shaft on the pier back in 1972. Also talking about Daisy when he was a roadie for them. Jack Irving had with him a number of photos of Screaming Lord Sutch and The Savages, as well as a very interesting video of the Joe Meek Tribute Concert that took place in 1991. Jim Westlake was chatting about the successful gigs he does with Eric Harmer at The Drift In Bar and Malcolm Sharp was chatting about the amusement machines that have just arrived on Hastings Pier. Pete Prescott had a previous engagement but managed to quickly pop in a cutting about Ray Fenwick and Forcefield from the Guitarist magazine January 1987. Colin Bell had with him a rare Eden Kane and His Brothers photographs, discographies, autographed biog book that Peter Sarstedt gave him in 1997 when he promoted The Tunbridge Wells Festival. Peter Houghton arrived with bags of albums including an autographed album of The Love Affair and Hawkwind, as well as a signed tank top t-shirt from Van Halen. He also had the new Lonerider album that features Simon Kirke from Bad Company and the new CD Jobcentre Rejects that features Die Laughing. Seeing all the logos inside the new SMART leaflet David Smith remembers years ago a friend passing through Rome airport carrying a Disc Jockey shop record bag! Andre Martin did a very nice speech and on the advice of others and against my wishes decided to put a bucket around for donations which raised £140.31. I have decided to donate this to The Bladder Scanner Appeal for De Cham Ward at The Conquest Hospital. Thank you to everyone and also for your lovely comments . A great time was had by everyone. Now the goal is to make it to 100 meets! If you have any interesting stories you were chatting about please feel free to add here.
photo Kevin Burchett
John Busbridge… Sorry I couldn’t make it but I am on crutches!
Wendy Weaver… It was very nice today Alan. Meeting old friends and new.
Elaine Roberts… Great get-together! Thank you x
Jim Breeds… Good to see everyone there today. Congrats on organising 50 of these Alan.
Wendy Belton… It was great to see so many there. Congratulations on your 50th meeting Alan.
Geoff Peckham… I’m glad it went so well. Well done Alan! I’d have joined you had it not been for my friend’s funeral.
Eva Neuke… I’m very disappointed that I couldn’t be there..
Monica Bane… Allan! did tell many friends about this today! Would have been there, but my friends and I were out with Senior Forum, for the day, hope next month! All the best Monica!
Peter Houghton… Well done Alan it was a good meeting today thanks Pete
Lucy Pappas… Sorry to miss it
Deborah Mould… A great event Alan, thank you
Mick O’Dowd… Try and top this one Alan. Contained all the whistles & bells and more. Did us proud with the eats. Without you we wouldn’t exist.
Jan Warren… Great pic Alan!! – I just wish I could recognise Pete (Houghton) in there?? – come on Pete, tell me ……. I know its been many years and we’ve all got older, so, come on Pete, don’t be shy, which one is you?? Happy 50th Meeting to all you lovely old youngsters!
Mick O’Dowd… Pete Houghton is 2nd from left Jan Warren!
Mark Harris… Great to have a good chat with Andre about the old Archway Management days and the gigs he used to get for us in various army camps around the south east!
Mick O’Dowd… Fame at last! Front page of SMART mag & in colour too!!!!
Andy Knight… Any pics of Tzar?
Alan Esdaile… Sorry Andy, Trevor did not have any photos.
Another packed afternoon for our 49th meeting. Too many people to mention but will try to recall the new people and those who took the trouble to bring some bits along. Among the newbies this time were Alan Vale, Brian Setchfield, Paul Huggett, Jenny Power, Lucy Pappas, Ian Quinnell, Helen Smith, and Wendy and Jeff Belton. Alan Vale was talking about the band Sidewinder and the Battle of The Bands competition. He was also talking about the amps he sells and collects and has sold an Orange overdrive amp to Eddie Van Halen, as well as a Vox AC30 going to Bryan Adams. Alan had with him the Vox AC30 valve amp service engineers guide and The British Amp Invasion books. Brian Setchfield was talking about the groups he was in, including Boulder, Footloose and Slack Alice. Jenny Power had with her a record box of singles, as well as autographs of The Walker Brothers, The Fourmost and Unit 4 + 2. She was chatting about when she saw The Beatles at The Odeon Hammersmith in 1965 and had the tickets which cost one pound each. Pete Houghton arrived with bags of autographed records with lots that were signed by bands from the pier. He also had some very rare autograph photos of Queen, Free’s Fire and Water signed album, Sex Pistols God Save The Queen reissue single on A&M, photo of him with The Clash, The Mobiles Drowning in Berlin autographed single, photo of Oliver Plunkett’s disco lightshow, and a photo outside UFO Records on the Pier with Corrie’s Billy Walker. Pete Prescott arrived with a pile of Classic Rock magazines and Roger Carey had a photo write up on his 1983 group called The RC Band who featured him and Phil Thornton, Den Wootton and Faye Wright. Barry French had a number of rock singles with Disc Jockey record shop stickers on, albums from Duane Eddy, The Hollies, The Lambrettas, Dave Mason and Cass Elliot and Tony Sheridan and The Beatles. Of local interest he had a cd of Bushman Brothers and also the Rhythm Doctors Warts ’n’ all. Nigel Ford had with him lots of cuttings and tour programmes from Van Halen and AC/DC Highway to Hell tour 79. Sorry I didn’t get chance to speak to everyone and 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.
Lucy Pappas… Lovely to catch with friends from years ago. Thanks for organising it, Alan.
Yvonne Ellis… Sorry I missed it this time hope to come to the next one x
Jon McCallion… Sorry we missed it Alan hopefully will be there for the June meeting.
Wendy Weaver… Sorry we missed it. Will try to be at the next one.
Pete Prescott… One of the best ! It was so nice seeing everyone !
Robert Searle… One of these days………
Neil Steadman… Sorry I couldn’t make it Alan.
Geoff Peckham… Lovely to catch up with folks and meet new old ones!
Paul Huggett… Good stuff, thanks. Time went fast
Andre Martin… Good coverage Alan, now go and have a lay down in a dark room to recover. Yes it was a very busy afternoon, people arrived when you were have a chat with me and eating your lunch – you had a feeling this was going to be a busy day.
Mick O’Dowd… What an afternoon! Must rate as one of the best Meets ever! Loads of newbies and loads to talk about. Well done Alan and here’s to the Big 50 next time.
Pete Houghton… Well done it was a great afternoon meeting friends you have not seen for ages thanks. Alan it takes a lot to organise and you do a grand job here’s to the next one.
Tony Davis… Another good meet. Nice to see old friends and make new ones
Iain Cobby… Sorry I wasn’t there. apologies to Brian S after meeting at my mum’s funeral the other week. I had been working on elections till 11 the night before and was out of it the rest of Friday. Will catch up with you soon .Saw a great gig last night in Rye, the amazing Jimmy Web. Wow.
Alan Vale… Alan when will the next one be?
Alan Esdaile… The meetings are usually about every 6 to 7 weeks Alan, waiting for confirmation of a free date from the White Rock Hotel.
Our 48th meet and a packed and extremely busy one. Among the newbies this time were Monica Bane, Peter Houghton and Yvonne Ellis. Monica was talking about The Disc Jockey record shop to Andre Martin, also The Posh Club and being the current old town Sea Queen. She had loads of cuttings which she was showing to Nigel Sinden and happy memories of when she was Hastings carnival queen in the 1970. Pete had with him a very impressive collection of hundreds of signed autographs and photos, including Chuck Berry, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock and many more. Mick O’Dowd was surprised to see one of him on stage that he has never seen before. Peter also had a full list of bands that he saw on Hastings Pier, Strawbs signed flyer and Nutz pier gig ticket. As well as a signed photo of Paul Rodgers which got Pete Prescott talking about when Paul Rodgers was recording his album ‘Now’ at Parkgates Studio in Catsfield. Pete and Carol were reminding people of Beatles Day 20 is not far away and is on Sunday 7th April and now with 4 stages. Lol Cooksey said his band The 6Ts are really looking forward to playing. Yvonne was reliving happy memories of Scalliwags and Saturdays night clubs and chatting to Graham and Wendy Weaver about the folk music nights at The Cock Inn in Peasmarsh. Tim McDonald was talking about the Decca Records reunion and Barry French had the bizarre item of the day with a platform ticket for Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and Around The World In 80 Days on Ice ticket from Wembley in 1964! He also had a pile of albums from Rory Gallagher, Jeff Beck and Roy Buchanan. Gerry Powell had with him Cliff Richard and The Shadows music book from 1962 and Radio Caroline Last Of The Pirates book which he produced. Colin Bell had a pile of gig tickets from various shows he has seen over the years and was in conversation with Jon and Julie McCallion about happy memories of The Vampires who featured Jed Stacey on drums. Phil and Ann Gill arrived with an album of photos of the groups that Phil has been involved in, over the years. Clive Richardson was talking about Wild Turkey when one of the gigs was changed to Aquarius and believes that Bob Knights had doubled booked the pier that night with a Masonic event. Sarah Harvey and Tony Davis were talking about the forthcoming Hastings Rock Fest 2019 taking place on Sunday 26th May at The Carlisle. Roger Carey was looking forward to the Steeleye Span tour which starts shortly. Sorry I didn’t get chance to speak to everyone and 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.
Mick O’Dowd… Wonderful as usual. Nice to see some newbies. What a collection Peter Houghton had! I was also talking to Nigel (The Mayor) about when The Pier might re-open as it is now March, but he had no news.
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.