Dave Berry and The Cruisers – Witch Doctor St Leonards 11th June 1965

John Warner… He used to spend a lot of time in Maidstone where he met a girlfriend.

Jackie Hersee…I remember it well

Ian Plater… I remember that.

Pete Fisher… I remember thinking the guitar was pretty spooky when I used to hear this on the radio as an 8 year-old …first ever wah-wah guitar, certainly in the UK, played by Big Jim Sullivan, Jimmy Page played rhythm…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c9W2-uGvQQ

Continental College, Witch Doctor Dance Floor & HiFi Ad – Andre Martin

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Andre Martin….The Continental College, was in the old Pitmans College buildings and they ran a Sunday Night Youth Club, a way of getting their resident students to mix with locals, this was first a Jazz Club, but by 1962/3 The Confederates we almost the resident group – Pete Millington for info

The Witch Doctor

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The famous Witch Doctor Club floor

Hi-Fi Club

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All info & cuttings  Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Peter Millington…..I played as a member of The Confederates in both. The Nest Club was at the very end of Trinity St. and is still a coffee house although the music in the Nest Club days was downstairs. The Contenental College had live music for the students (to keep them in rather than mix with the dodgy locals I think) every Sunday afternoon/evening. That would have been in 1962/3- great fun for us starting out with our ambitions to become a big group ha ha

Caz Simpson… Witchdoctor, I’ll never tire is seeing this.

Mick O’Dowd… Remember it Well.

Jane Hartley… was too young, did go to a Christmas party with my mum, Cobweb I think!

Colin Norton… Amazing place! Great atmosphere and crowd!

Christian’s Crusaders and Steve Marriott’s Moments – Witch Doctor St Leonards 20th March 1965

I think this would be Neil Christian’s Crusaders, who had a solo hit with That’s Nice in 1966. If so could be Jimmy Page, Albert Lee, Mick Abrahams or Richie Blackmore on guitar at this gig? Anyone confirm? As well as the brilliant Steve Marriott, also interesting cutting as mentions Trevor Spears winning a cash prize and not forgetting popular local group The Humperdinks.

Andre Martin… They would not get away with posting such details today, I recall the Wedddings  reports who gave details of the couples new homes etc what a boom for the thieves,  whilst they would be away on honeymoon.

Neil Landon & The Burnettes 29th August 1964, Alexis Korner 30th August 1964- Witch Doctor

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Andre Martin… From The Witch Doctor in 1964, one of the bands that Neil played with before the Lonely Ones.

Gerry Fortsch… I was very impressed with this club, I was never very trendy in truth I looked more like a hairy beatnik. I did catch the Small Faces though.

David Edwards… I’d have been 13 at the time so no chance of getting in but I do remember him being the house band on I think it was 5 o’clock Club a kids programme on the telly, which was quite surreal really.