Ray Alan with Lord Charles – White Rock Pavilion Hastings 18th April 1976

poster: Van Buren

Matt Thomas… He was one of the many now missing signed photos in frames that were once displayed in the Stage Door Bar when I worked there.

Alan King… I was gonna get a vent doll made of Pete Docherty and go around saying Got any Gear ?

Nigel Ford… I didn’t know he died 10 years ago… but I see it was during May so wouldn’t have heard any news that month with Hastings Rock being on air.

Acker Bilk tickets White Rock Pavilion Hastings – 22nd July, year unknown?

supplied by Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Kevin Burchett… I’m pretty sure they had Acker Bilk judge the town criers competition on the pier many moons ago

Monica Bane… Around 1962, I believe!

Chris Baker… My Mum wrote some lyrics to Stranger on the Shore and it go her into Song Writing. She went up to London to meet the head of Chappells, music publishers, and they tried to persuade her to record it. She turned it down but later recorded many of her own songs. She got me to learn the guitar and provide backing tracks for many of her songs.

Billy Connolly – White Rock Pavilion 8th October 1980

Jan Warren… LOVE Billy Connolly, my all-time favourite comedian, saw him “live” in London in the 1980s!

Jill Lawrence… I went to that show !!; Love the guy x

Sandie Carlyon… Saw it. He was brilliant

Ian Quinnell… Brilliant show. Loved every minute of it

Peter Houghton… I went to the show and after the show got to meet Billy and he signed my album

Coco Pops… Met him and Pamela Stephenson in a Coffee Bar in Greenwich Village NYC in about 1991. Chatted for about 20 mins.

Neil Cartwright… Opening lines, commenting on the White Rock decor, were something like ‘It’s like walking into a birthday cake …’ A superb evening.

Phil Gill… I was there. I’m still laughing about Mike Smith and the helicopter.

Chris Meachen… I took my mum.. Favourite bit was “do I detect a wee fartie”

Peter Fairless… I was there, we laughed so much our sides still hurt the next day!


Chas & Dave house full at The White Rock Pavilion Hastings – September 1983

Matt Thomas… Good old Roger Dennett there as well

Sheila Maile… I was there

Clive Garrard… I met Chas Hodges at Radio Caroline. A lovely fella, very down to earth and i really liked him. A much more talented musician than he was given credit for

Angela Jordan… Think my mum and dad went to this

Peter Stacey… I was there I met them both at the venue as a guest. I’d been supplying Dave with old blues records at the time as my job was at Flyright/ Swift records. Dave particularly liked the Blind Lemon Jefferson Tee Shirt I gifted him.

David Wilkinson… Chas and Dave appeared at Uckfield during the Festival 2004 or 5.