The Rhythm Method, Harry & The Boys and Dogs In The Garden – White Rock Lower Hall 1980’s

Anyone remember these?


Nadia Compagnone… Barry Ewing top right.

Tony May… Not sure but is the black guy, Pat Valentine? He was in loads of bands back then and was super talented. Was rather ‘driven’ though so often left groups because they weren’t taking it seriously enough. Haven’t seen, Pat for years – I wonder if he finally made it?

Xilo Pan… I still see Pat around. ..he’s ok. ..yes, very talented

Mike Mitchell… If that’s Barry top right, then that’s got to be Wally bottom left

Martin Richter… Jimmy Lewis ?

Xilo Pan… Yes it’s Jimmy …rip…Sue on sax ..Andy on drums ..I drummed for them for a while too ..still see Woley and Baz. ..

Martin Richter… they were a great band crikey – I didn’t recognise Wally !



Roy Castle – White Rock Pavilion Hastings 1979?

and who remembers Cozy Powell on Record Breakers…

Pete Fisher… wow! excellent! Thanks for sharing!

Jeff Belton… One person I would had loved to meet. Saw him in the musical ” Singing In The Rain” in the West End with Tommy Steele. Sat in the front row of the theatre when I saw the show. Ten out of ten.

Joe Knight… Died of Cancer due to years of performing on his trumpet in front of smoking crowds. Even though he never smoke himself

Roy Penfold… As a ‘claim to fame’, I was walking along the seafront with my parents and accidentally tripped a chap who was rushing towards the White Rock. My father turned and said ‘You have just tripped up Roy Castle’! – I wonder if it was on that particular occasion?


White Rock Pavilion Hastings – Season of Stars 1984

Keith Veness… What happened to the White Rock

Lynn Graham… Still there

Keith Veness…  Not as if used to be

Martin Brown… All we get at the White Rock now in the main is Z listers, a least the people in 1984 were proper stars

Jim Breeds…  wouldn’t have paid to see any of that mostly rubbish, with the possible exception of Sayer who was considered a has-been in the 1980s.

Kev Towner… How very dare you Jim!! I went to see Chas & Dave a couple of years ago – and loved it!!

Jim Breeds… I saw them this year in Hyde Park when they played a side stage at the Clapton/Santana concert. I saw them in 1979 supporting Led Zep at Knebworth. But frankly back in 1985 I think they were at the D list level along with the other names we see in the ad. Otherwise they would all have been playing bigger venues.

Martin Curcher… Most of them are probably dead now. Leo Sayer is now making the most of the good old Australian lifestyle….

Alan Pepper… The De La Warr get all the better acts now . White Rock pick up the crumbs ?!

Matt Thomas… Grace Kennedys brother was in Imagination. Jim how can you say that, there are some classic acts here – Shadows,Larry Grayson and Ken Dodd!!!!!!!!!

Martin Richter… that’s a great line-up – and many doing a couple of nights

Matt Thomas… I remember working down there to sell out shows by Freddie Starr and he did 2 shows in one night

Kev Towner… And if they were all still alive they’d probably still be booking them THIS year!!

Matt Thomas… Better than what they get at the moment though lol. Also notice the bit saying cafe open all day, the only time they are open now is an hour before a show!!!!! Also remember calling last orders behind the bar but it now closes after the interval.The bar was always open non show nights also. and doing my bit on stage lol….don’t ask!!!!


Jim Breeds… Thank gawd there are no photos of me doing my bit in the 1970s Scout gang shows. Only crowd scenes anyway.

Matt Thomas… Mine was 1989 panto party with and audience of Rustie Lee,Jack Smethurst and Benny from Crossroads lol

John Warner… Actually met ten of these.

White Rock Pavilion Hastings menu 1978

Chris van Rock… No vegan options then

Martin Richter… vegans hadn’t been invented then ?

Jacqueline Patton… Even vegetarians lurked in the background and everyone thought you were bonkers

Chris van Rock… Jacqueline, we will never take over but if we turn a few off the cruelty of dairy farming then we will always be winners

Jim Breeds… Cheese pizza, Peas, Tomato”! What sickness was this!?

Allyson Breeds… I’m very disappointed, why are there no peas with the sausages!

Peter Checksfield… Why no bacon with the liver?

Martin Richter… Brexit?

Keith Cowper… In the 60s when I was performing in shows there I would leave my day job and go to the cafe and have poached eggs and anchovies on toast.set me up for the show!!

Pete Fisher… true gourmet eating…

Mick O’Dowd… Plaice & Chips for 65p!!!! If you look Allyson, everything has peas. Sausages have 50p’s

Pete Fairless… Thought they were pretty radical, when they did onion rings in the early ’80s…

Jacqueline Patton… Can they have a Roll Back event

Alan Pepper… By the way we will have to update this nursery rhyme now –  Jack Sprat would eat no fat , His wife could eat no Dairy, soya, nuts, gluten, E numbers etc ……

Stuart Moir… Proof that greed has forced prices up and up