Anti Nazi League Rally – Victoria Park 30th April 1978

Supplied by Ken Copsey

Ken Copsey… Area Haider’s film about the inception of rock against racism White Riot, brought back happy memories of traveling up from Hastings with Dave Blackman and Mick Bacon  amongst others to see X-ray Spex , Steel Pulse and the Clash at Victoria Park in 1978. The eagle eyed ever twitching Mick Bacon said he was sure he’d seen Dave in some of the footage. I thought he was deluded until he sent me the screen shot he had taken. Who else from Hastings went on the march and to the gig?

John Gale… Thats definately Dave mate, who else would have worn a shirt like that. Having said that though he was the first person I knew who owned a punk record, New Rose and played it to me in his bedroom in Castledown Avenue so what he lacked in sartorial trend setting he made up for in the musical department.

Steve Sampson… Definitely Dave … ah yes the New Rose single … that got played a few times! Quite a few of us from Priory Road went in small groups … I also remember The Clash and Stranglers playing at something … was this the same thing or another one … I know we went to London a few times on RAR

Mick Bacon… I am deluded  Ken, but that’s another issue. Dave was easy to spot – he always stood out in a crowd. I remember him singing along to Tom Robinson- “Sing if you’re glad to be cough, cough..”. He was always so politically correct!

Andrew Bancock… I was there!

Martin Blackman… great to hear stories about dear Dave from his old mates after all these years, highly entertaining, he was such a character and I still miss him terribly, cheers guys and seasons greetings to all.

Peter Thomson… I was there with Perri Ann Haste and her mate Sally. I also went to the second one in Brixton.

Perri Ann Haste… That was quite a day, I still have a few pics somewhere.

1066 Music Blue Plaques for the Hastings area – Poly Styrene

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1066 Music Blue Plaques is a group formed by three local music fans, Jim Breeds, Tony Davis & Andy Gunton. The group came together after a Facebook discussion regarding the lack of commemorative Blue Plaques celebrating musicians who used to live in the Hastings area, and important local music venues which have closed down. We decided to see if that situation could be corrected, and set out to explore the possibilities of getting some Blue Plaques erected. After contacting Hastings Borough Council and getting their approval and support for the idea, we are now in a position to move things forward. We are currently looking at a handful of potential sites for commemorative Blue Plaques, and are now ready to start fundraising for the first of those, being Poly Styrene in St Leonards, and John Martyn in Hastings. Suggestions for other potential sites are welcome, so please message us with your thoughts. We already have Hastings Pier, The Crypt, The Tubman, the De La Warr Pavilion & the Witchdoctor/Cobweb Club on our list by the way. Please bear in mind that all Blue Plaques have to have the permission of the building owner & possibly Planning Permission too, so not all are possible. All Blue Plaques will be funded by a separate Crowdfunding appeal, which will pay for the manufacture & fitting of each plaque. Yes, we know that the ‘1066’ name is both corny & overused, but it does encapsulate the area we are looking to place Blue Plaques in, and is easily recognised & understood. Stay tuned for news of our upcoming Crowdfunding appeals and how you can get involved to make those Blue Plaques a reality.

Andy Gunton… Exciting news! Our first Crowdfunder appeal, for a Blue Plaque to be put on Poly Styrene’s former house in North Street, St Leonards On Sea, will go live tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 9am! This is an image of what the finished plaque will look like. We’ll post a link to the Crowdfunder appeal page here tomorrow morning.

Pete Houghton… That’s great news

Andy Gunton… We’re now live with our Crowdfunder appeal for the Poly Styrene blue plaque. Please have a look & please donate if you can. Also, please share & let your friends know, so that we can reach as many potential donors as possible. Thanks for your support 😀 Update: We have already reached our £500 target! This means that anymore money donated will go directly to St Michael’s Hospice, as our costs have now been covered. Thank you.

Andrew Clifton… Will have to go and see it.

Paul Bryant… That’s fantastic.How about one for John Martyn who lived in Cobourg Place

Andy Gunton… Paul, That’s the next one on the list

Paul Bryant… that’s wonderful news.

Graham Sherrington… bloody hell she lived local!!!

Andy Qunta… Nice lady! I remember writing songs with her back in the ‘80s in my flat in London.

Tracy Birrell… I was born in 1957 also, and grew up in North Street. I never knew that…..we may have even played together.

Mark Rutter…Tracy, Poly didn’t grow up in the Hastings area, but in Brixton, London. Her mum is from Hastings though and they used to visit for family holidays. Poly moved to St Leonard’s in 2004

Jan Warren… Saw a documentary about Poly Styrene last week, very interesting, didn’t know she’d lived in Hastings.

Andy Gunton…The Blue Plaque is up! Yesterday was the big day – Apart from 3rd July being Poly Styrene’s 64th birthday, it was also the 45th anniversary of Poly seeing the Sex Pistols on Hastings Pier, an event that led to the formation of X-Ray Spex. And then there was the first public screening of Celeste Bell’s film about her mothers life, ‘I Am A Cliche’, at the Kino Teatr in the evening. So it seemed like the perfect day to unveil the plaque celebrating & commemorating Poly Styrene’s life. If you want to see the blue plaque for yourself, you can find it in North Street, St Leonards On Sea. 1066 Music Blue Plaques would like to thank the following people for helping to make this idea come to fruition:  Karen & Terry for allowing us to put the blue plaque up on the wall of their house.  Kevin Boorman & Hastings Borough Council for pointing us in the right direction & for their help in the early stages of our campaign. Andy Miller & Nick Booker of Booker & Best for giving their time & expertise free of charge. Everybody who donated towards the Crowdfunder appeal. Apart from helping to raise the money needed for the blue plaque itself, you also enabled us to donate £350 to St Michael’s Hospice, where Poly died in 2011.Thanks also to Celeste, Poly’s daughter, for coming along during the unveiling & for giving us her support throughout our campaign. Now it’s onto our next blue plaque – John Martyn in Hastings Old Town.

photos Mark Richards

Stephen Moran… Fantastic! Many congratulations to everyone involved in this brilliant campaign!

Lucy Pappas… Wonderful! xx

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Great news!

Andy Qunta… Excellent!

John McCormack… Superb xx

Lets hear it for the girls.


Photo by Chris Stein. Supplied by Timeline Photos Facebook page via Matt Thomas

Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Pauline Black of The Selecter, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Viv Albertine of The Slits, Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie And The Banshees and Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex. London, August 1st 1980.

Hastings Local Band Photos…. Great picture!

Mark Gilham… All those fabulous women in one room!

Jim Breeds…. I commented on Chris Stein’s FB page a few weeks ago that it was about time that Talking heads toured again, ‘cos I never got to see them, and he replied something like “I couldn’t agree more Jim”. If they ever do tour again (unlikely I think), you heard it here first, lol.