Seventies Music And Retro Talk (SMART) Club

WE have gone into double digits! A quick look across at the pier and exciting times to see things really moving and the decking growing in front of our eyes.

We were very pleased to be joined by Henry Lampitt from the Hastings Pier Charity which took time out to explain about the future of the pier and made notes of our suggestions and comments. Chris Stovold arrived with some more interesting books including The British Beats book.

Tony Qunta had a very interesting listing of all the early gigs Factory performed with reviews of each gig which Andy had written. Much interest especially from Geoff Peckham which brought back many happy memories. Peter Millington and Andre Martin were talking about lots of musical events in history taking place this year, including March 27, 1964, Radio Caroline 50 years, even if the BBC keep making mistakes in the broadcasts! Other interesting local events will be taking place and all will be revealed soon! Also its the 50th anniversary of The Confederates playing their first major gig on the pier with The Swinging Blue Jeans which took place on April 25, 1964.

Peter has posted some excellent videos of the Big Beat Reunion 1987 featuring The Talismen, Cliff Bennett, The Confederates and The Searchers. Lots of interest in the 45 7ins single being 65 years old and finding out what was the first single you owned.

We chatted about the Pam Dor and The Fiesta coffee bars but someone somewhere must have some photos of The Fiesta? Good to see Martin Prior join us with his memories of promotions and Mick O’Dowd has updated his Pier listing but looking for details of any groups, with dates if possible, who appeared at Twisting Time with your fave groups.

Andy Gunton has been working hard on the next issue of The Stinger which is about two weeks away and will have a feature on The Who on the pier in 1969. Sarah Harvey was plugging away about the return of Hastings Rock and she is also looking for original band recordings from the 1960s onwards for her own radio broadcasts in the future.

Eric Harmer and Gary Lancaster were talking about the pubs in the Old Town and looks like some may start having bands play on a Saturday afternoon. Pete Prescott made a quick visit as he was busy on the stand in Priory Meadow for the Beatles Day. It looks like most people from the SMART group are going, so should be a great day.

Barry Taylor popped in with Marmite and good to hear his Blues Fest is coming together. Phil John was having a great conversation on groups with Mick Mepham and I think that was just a small part of what we talked about!

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