Joe Loss and his orchestra, The Dark Blues plus Spyke. Hastings Police Ball. White Rock Pavilion. 8th May 1972.

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Peter Millington… Remember this evening very well, at least I thought I did. Looks like we (SPYKE) did 2 Gigs with Joe Loss. The first 28th March 1971 with The Roberto Bernardi Quartette and again on 8th May 1972 with The Dark Blues. SPYKE = Ginger Millington, Chris Sayer, Ian Williams, Terry Chedzoy.


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Magna Carta – White Rock Pavilion 15th October 1971, cancelled?


Jim Breeds… My recollection is that I was going to see Magna Carta at the pavilion but they cancelled?? May be a false memory or may be a different date.

Alan Esdaile…  Might be right Jim. This is an old cutting I found among my bits and pieces and a band I have long forgotten about. Checking their website it lists this gig but does not mean they played it. Anyone here confirm?

Colin Bell… Jim…I had a provisional booking to compere a gig for MC in October 71 at WR but this was not confirmed and I have no memory of doing it, so they either didn’t play or did play and got someone else to compere!…..

Pete Fairless… That gig is listed on Marmalade Skies, too. Can’t help beyond that, I’m afraid. I was too young in ’71…

Sarah Harvey…. Well here is the advert for the White Rock Pavilion for that week from the Observer but can’t find anything about them not appearing.


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Alan Wood… Wish I’d seen film for Australian migrants on Thursday,could be sitting on bondi beach now !!!!

Mark Gilham… I once had a Magna Carta album with a load of apples on the sleeve. Does anyone know the name of it?

Philip Meston…I’ve still got Seasons on vinyl! Great album & what a voice!

Chris Sambrook… Yes the memory can play tricks. I seem to remember seeing them at Hastings College, gods knows when.

Jim Breeds… At last a clipping featuring a production that I performed in!! Scout Show ’71! Yay! I was in a couple of acting scenes and the chorus. lol. It’s Interesting what Colin says.

Sarah Harvey…Jim, when all the old bands and artists get together for a reunion, I hope you will be contributing with ‘Ging gang goolie goolie goolie goolie watcha, Ging gang goo, ging gang goo. ‘ 🙂

Spyke – Pete, Chris & Paul 1968 and 1969


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Peter Millington, Chris Sayer & Paul Burton.

Yvonne Cleland…..Lovely one of Chris

Chris Baker….Excellent band! Remember them well.

Peter Shaw…..Looks like Val Doonican at the front helping out in the Blue Peter studio! Chris was a talented player and with musicians Ginger and Paul should’ve appeared on TV!!

Peter Millington….You are spot on Peter Shaw. Our gear was held together with “sticky back tape” when we first started as SPYKE, so I can relate to the Blue Peter link. I’d sold all my gear when The Confederates ended after Johnny Conroy emigrated to Canada. Within weeks of it all going out the door at a knock down price and me spending the proceeds on my first car, Paul and Chris asked me to start again – hence the DIY gear lol


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An early picture of Spyke playing at the White Rock Pavillion (Hastings) supporting Bob Miller and the Miller Men in 1969 — with Paul Burton, Peter Millington. and Chris Sayer

Andre Martin…..Great looking stage set as usual thanks to the stage crew of the day, now I wonder who was working with them !!

Janine Anne Hemsley…..Omg. I was with Bob Miller but on the early 80s. Don Lang was also playing with Bob. Great times.