John D Hastings



when its gone song cover

We are supporting the preservation of Eston Hills. I wrote “When It’s Gone” after news of the dreadful fires back in my hometown. Many fires in the wild are caused by arson and the destruction to the natural environment is devastating. Donations and net proceeds from “When It’s Gone” will go to Cleveland Archaeology Trust’s Eston Hills rescue project.

Cleveland Archaeology Trust (CAT) is a Community Interest Company with a mission of “connecting People With Place by promoting well-being, belonging and cultural value through sustainable Heritage and Archaeology.” Our outside space, our place, is a canvas for everybody to enjoy, irrespective of ability, age or background.

Together, we can all make a difference to our environment and natural landscapes. This current world pandemic has helped us rediscover our open spaces, relearning the simple joy of sharing them with family and friends.

For more information, download our press release here.

Please feel free to use the above song artwork and the photo below, with credit as follows:

Photograph © Paul Docherty (with Friends of Eston Hills)

Eston Hills Fires Paul Doherty with Friends of Eston Hills 300

Photos below of John may be downloaded for press and media purposes only, with credit as follows:

Photograph © Mark Neal Photography/John D Hastings

What people say about When It’s Gone:

Truly a powerful and meaningful song. If you haven’t heard it I highly recommend you listen


A very moving song with a powerful message


What People Say about John D Hastings & The Stilettos

Record of the Week review

“….. the lyrics and music are lively …. the kind of original sound that makes you sit up and listen, like no new name has done since the Police”

Record of the Week review

Gary, music fan

“I watched this band in ‘78/’79 in Putney, The Star and Garter, they were the dogs bollox!”

Gary, music fan

Robin Duke, West Lancashire Evening Gazette

“[The Stilettos’] music is fast and energetic and delivered tightly”

Robin Duke, West Lancashire Evening Gazette


World Environment Day, Friday 5 June 2020 Theme: Time #ForNature

“When It’s Gone” fundraiser song out now!

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