The Jack Tripp Show – White Rock Pavilion Hastings 1970

Nadia Compagnone… My birthday treat every year. Absolutely loved it, especially Bobby Crush!

Alan Esdaile… Bobby Crush could certainly play but his cheesy smile was annoying!

Tony Davis… I had a summer romance with one of the dance troupe on this show. I met her at the Astral Club

Barry French… Went to see his “Take A Tripp” show at the White Rock. This would have been early seventies. It was a typical, entertaining seaside holiday show. I remember his opening song was “Along the prom prom prom prom promenade” (You don’t get song titles like that any more)

Jacky Mould… I went to see his show in August 1971 with my family, aged 11. Loved it!

Elaine Stock… I remember going to this!

Bucks Fizz – White Rock Pavilion Hastings – 3rd June, 1983?

Matt Thomas… 1983. Same promo picture that was up in the bar for years

Roland Clarke… great publicity shot

Pete Prescott… I think I went to this show. They are amazing live.

Mike Waghorne… 84 ! was when it reopened after the referb we were still working there to the autumn of that year

Steve Kinch… I worked with BF for a couple of weeks in the early 90s when their regular bass player was touring with Cliff Richard. I have to say it was a surprisingly fun, but challenging handful of gigs. Oh, and not too many that can say Cheryl Baker has cooked them breakfast

Colin Bell… Steve, I always wanted Jay Aston to cook me breakfast………sadly it never happened

Dave Nattress… Saw this and very good they were. 37 years ago!! Frightening!! Still got glossy programme.

Andy Ives… 83 I was there

Graham Sherrington… Bloody Hell Britain’s ABBA

Julie Felix – White Rock Pavilion Hastings – 2nd June 1974

Dave Nattress… Would I be right in saying Mama’s gonna take us to the zoo tomorrow? And…we can stay all day.

Neil Partrick… Message Music was interviewed by me and he mentioned what it was like working with Julie…/kelvin-message-life…

Holiday Express 27th May 1973 programme – White Rock Pavilion featuring The Athelstan Sound, Tina and others

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supplied by Alan Brett

Phil Gill… Ten pence!!

Alan Esdaile…  I think this is the programme price Phil. However we were seeing top rock acts on the pier for 50p/60p at the time.

Pete Fisher… Actually Phil, it says here that both Dave and Alan of the Athelstan Band play electric plectrum guitars, which I believe you do as well. It also says that Alan has learnt to play the Hawaiian Steel Guitar in an effort to produce a different sound, and that both brothers have learnt to play banjo. I think this sets a remarkable example to upcoming musicians like yourself, which you might do well to take note of…

Barry French… Tina worked at Mullett Smith Music around this period. Occasionally she would play keyboards with Bob Smiths Band the Alamo at the Yorkshire Grey Pub London Road

David Miller… Aha – those must be the electric plectrum guitars of which they spoke…I don’t see what makes the plectrums electric though…batteries, maybe?

White Rock Pavilion Hastings 1981

Matt Thomas… I think there was a lot of these acts signed photos framed on the bar walls when I was working there

Gerry Fortsch… Sadly I missed the Nolans.

Martin Richter… wow! what a variety

Stuart Huggett… If you don’t remember the Oky Doky Man you weren’t there, man.

Peter Fairless… Oh, we were there, Stuart. “Oky Doky, then!”

Paul Huggett… Geez, no wonder I never went there then..

Dennis Torrance… The prices then quite amazing I think

Clifford Rose… You’d a thought March would have been the best month for the Grenadier Guards?



The Tommy Cooper Show – White Rock Pavilion 9th July 1978

Matt Thomas… Two people I remember from my time at the theatre getting a mention I see – Phil Cronk & Roger Dennett

Pete Brazier… I had just finished cleaning the Pier Ballroom when I saw him enter the Pub on the pier! Wearing a light grey suit and so Tall! Too embarrassed to say anything I just Smiled and Nodded! And he smiled back! Wish I’d said something but then I wasn’t as forward as I am now lol (that was before I had stood at the front of a band for the first time! Surprising how that makes you more confident each time you do it

Rosemary Hughes… Took my Son and Niece to the cinema in Eastbourne and who should we sit next to Tommy and his Family what a laugh that was. He laughed after everyone had stopped and then bought us all an ice cream in the interval