Seventies Music And Retro Talk (SMART) Club

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IT’S been a busy few weeks with the website getting more hits from around the world.

Recent postings include Neil Cartwright’s Christmas music project from 1989 which features a host of local musicians and deserves to be heard by a wider audience.

Chris Sambrook has been kind enough to offer us the photos from the Eddie Hazell Estate to post on the site, featuring many bands who have played the Beach Concerts.

Karen Sweatman has found some rare photos of The Suspects from the 1960s featuring her dad Peter Blackman.

It was great to see Geoff Peckham(Jaffa) at the White Rock Hotel coffee meeting last Friday. This is the first Geoff has seen Tony Qunta in nearly four decades and as Yvonne Cleland said, it was a joy to see.

Many people will remember them when they played together in the band Factory. Pete Prescott showed up with some amazing photos, records and cuttings.

Mick Mepham brought some more posters to show us from his massive collection. Mick O’Dowd talked about various bands he was involved in and wants more people to get in contact with their memories. Peter Millington showed us some great photos of The Confederates, Spyke and Jinks. Clive Richardson was talking about great gigs on the pier from Arthur Brown, Stackridge and Osibisa.

Sarah Harvey thanked everyone for the support of her new radio show Rock At 1066. Andy Gunton gave us a sneak preview of his impressive new music magazine which is due in February, also talk on Fat Tuesday and his new gig guide which you can find on the pierless music site.

Andre Martin kept us up to date with pier bits and the new Pier Information Hub which is opening soon in the old White Rock baths. There was more talk on why The Beatles did not play the pier, even though they were scheduled. As always Andre goes that extra mile to find the real facts.

Yvonne Cleland is sorting out some rare Daisy photos. Also did anyone see the latest ad for Premier Inn Valentine’s Day promotion which features a recent photo of the burnt out pier in the background?

Other bands talked about were Diversion, Static Emotion, Samisen, Grundy, Alamo, Stallion, Hazel O’Connor, The Speedos, Die Laughing, Savage Hearts, Hollywood Killers, Titch Turners Escalator, Essence, The Who, Town Council, Love Bucket, Jonny and the Chevs and many more.

If anyone has any group photos, cuttings and so on with a connection to Hastings from the 60s onwards, we would be happy to feature them on the website.

We are looking for more people to join us, we have a lively SMART chat group on Facebook through the Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason link or contact alan@ninebattles.com or log onto www.ninebattles.com.