Recently we heard the good news that Hastings Pier was to be rebuilt.
One of the things that most local people miss about the Pier are the great gigs that used to take place there. Well, did you know that somebody is trying to write a book all about those gigs?
The author is a local man called Mark Rymell and he’s been busy researching all the gigs that took place on Hastings Pier for some time now. But, although he’s close to completing his task, he still needs your help to put the finishing touches to his project.
Here’s a message from him:
“Hi, I’m Mark Rymell,
I’ve lived in Hastings for the last 39 years and i am at present trying to put together a book about the many famous and some not so famous bands that have played on Hastings Pier.
I started the project around three years ago and I think that I am now not too far from completion.
Bands started playing on Hastings Pier in the early 1960′s, with the likes of Tom Jones, Cilla Black & the Rolling Stones. Later in the 60′s Jimi Hendrix played there and Pink Floyd’s Syd Barret’s last ever appearance with the band was also on that hallowed stage.
The 1970′s saw the Glam Rock period with The Sweet, Suzi Quatro and Gary Glitter all putting on a show. The heavier side of Rock music was represented by the likes of an early ELO, Hawkwind, Ten Years After & UFO, before the onslaught of Punk Rock, with the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers, & Siouxsie & the Banshees all flying the flag.
The late 1970′s saw the likes of Saxon & Def Leppard playing, while the Mod scene was represented by Madness & The Specials, along with Hastings very own Teenbeats.
Later years saw Levellers, Joe Strummer and finally Nick Cave play.
I have compiled a very comprehensive list of dates and acts, but I’m also after any memorabilia such as ticket stubbs, flyers, posters or pictures, along with any memories people have of going to gigs on the pier etc.
If anyone would like to get in touch with me my email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you”
If you have any info, or memorabilia that might interest Mark and the rest of us, for that matter, please get in touch with him.The more info he has the better and more comprehensive his book will be.
Mark’s forthcoming book is something that i’m certainly looking forward to reading myself and i doubt that i’m the only local person who feels that way.