Altrincham Ice Rink

The rink closed March 2003 and is now a building site

This was a major gig in its day - although I never worked it. I would love to get some stories from readers about this place - I heard bands used to wear coats it got that cold. Is this true?

Passion Waggon used to play Altrincham Ice Rink, it was a block booking of 4 sundays in a month for £40.00 so it was regular work after giging up north on the friday and saturday nights, and yes it was cold and we did wear coats but fortunately we only had to do 2 x 30min slots or 3 x 20min which we invariably cut short so we would not get frost bite.

Malcolm Randles

Herbert Warnicks used to play there regularly along with what was probably a sister rink in Solihull Birmingham. Me and Alan Skidmore the keybouard player (sorry organist) wore fur coats...we looked like Tinga and Tucka. A bell used to ring when the band took the stage which was facing the ice, all the skaters congregated in front dancing in their skates.
The backstage area was always an interesting place to take a girl or two.

Tony Lingard

My friend, his brother and myself used to go here on the odd times.

One night in particular stands out was when we went there to see the 'Paramounts'who as you know went on to become 'Procol Harum'.

They wore light blue suede pants/shirts and knee high boots also light blue suede.

'Little Bitty Pretty One' I think was what they opened with, followed by 'Poison Ivy'. The support group was, if I remember correctly, a band called 'The Gamblers', I seem to remember them singing 'You Really Got A Hold On Me'. And yes it was so damn cold standing there with steam coming out of your mouth ...

Great times though.

Rod Dickson

I played Altricham Ice Rink regularly with the Manchester Federals in the mid '60s. Freezin it was. Supported the Moody Blues there.

It was really good, when the band came on, all the skaters congregated in front of the stage.

We did the Manchester Silver Blades and also the Solihull rink near Birmingham. You needed your 'thermals in them days!

Anybody remember giggin there? 

Chris Evans

Saw The Pretty Things there in the early 60s

Jeff Goss

Played the Alty ice rink many times with The Fat Sound.   Kevin Parrot  and Mick of  Matchstalkmen fame (the Lowry song) were in the band.

I played trumpet  and i remember it was bloody cold, but I tell you what, I wish I could  go back and do it again  but none of us ever will!  Ah well, happy days!

Regards Rod

Rod Dunford

This was the first ever venue I played with the Emotion.They asked me join them next night without rehearsal I was playing at the Rink.
The told me the venue but for some strange reason I didnt think it would be cold so just wore t shirt and jeans, froze my ass off!!!

Played many times after in warm clothes It was a good venue where we always got a good reception.

Geoff Mann

Played here in the 60's in a band called Misty Soul.  In the band were two brothers Chris and Malcolm Fisher. It was that cold you never played a slow song just fast only to keep warm. It was the starting block for lots of bands.

I went on to other bands, my last band was in New Zealand, Santa Fe Reunion 1979 to 1989. Still guesting with bands in Aussie and NZ.

Bernie Blackburn

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Comments (8)

Topic: Mummies Darlings
Pamela Coles says...
I remember Dave Buck (buckle) back in the 70's When he regularly came to cardiff to a night club Called Tito's .. He then played in a band called The North Stars.. And then went on to play drums With Alvin Stardust and appeared in the ... Read More
31st October 2014 1:16pm
chris brown says...
Forgive the liberty.Can anybody fills some gaps in for me with regards Manchester band The North Stars who recorded for Fontana.I believe 2 members were David Parkin & Dave Buckle.Does anybody know who the other guys were please & where in ... Read More
30th January 2017 5:12am
Mike Knowles says...
We played regular there with a band called infinity in the early 70,the group was Peter Shorland, Brian Cook ,Allan Ogg ,Pete Forrester and Mike Knowles .We used to do covers stones, Free Stephen wolf stuff great when you were playing and then the ... Read More
27th August 2015 1:55pm
Allen Ogg says...
Yes, they were happy days playing at the ice rink. Plus when Infinity disbanded we played a few times as Stone Gnome - Pete Shortland (vocals and rhythm guitar) Allen Ogg (lead guitar) Mike Knowles (drums) and I can no longer remember the name of ... Read More
6th September 2015 11:39pm
Christina Shortland says...
Fantastic memories!! Peter and I even posponed our wedding day by a month due to the band getting another FREEZING contract. Pleased to say we are still married after 42 years. Cheers Altrincham Ice Rink!!!!!
7th September 2015 12:10am
Frank Holehouse says...
I wrote a few songs with mike in 1975 which were recorded at Pennine Sound Studio in Oldham , White Mustang was one of them . Good Luck Mike .
2nd September 2015 1:45am
Geoff lewis says...
Wow 2 mins walk from my family home was there skating all the time and chatting up girls :-)
24th February 2016 2:17am
Kevin Cumpsty says...
Omg, I saw mummies darlings many times at the cavern in the 60s. Like most there at the time I lied about my age to get my card.
I loved your band
2nd February 2017 3:40am

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