"I saw The Who there the week they were No.1 with 'My Generation'.

I went there with my first real girl friend Lynda. I was wearing my new green sweater with a white polo shirt underneath, a pair of deliciously faded Wranglers and Chukka boots.

When we bought tickets The Who weren't even in the charts so we paid only 6 bob for them. The place was packed with about 300 Mods and we managed to get right down near the stage. The Who had to fight their way through the crowd to the stage, led of course by Keith Moon who was wearing a white sweater with a Pop Art design created in insulation tape. Townsend had his Union Jacket on.

They were onstage barely half an hour but managed to smash most of the equipement in that time. At the moment when Daltrey stuttered "Why don't you all F-F-F-Fade Away" we didn't - we were at the very centre of it all and left with our ears ringing.

40 years on I can still relive it as though it were yesterday.

Bill Cox (Bolton Mod)

The Beachcomber 4/1/07
I saw The Moody Blues (with Denny Laine) who were late turning up. The word was the Beachcomber wasn't going to pay them but they played anyway for all the fans. A real piano, too! Great gig.

That same year I saw Lulu and the Luvvers there. She recently visited Bolton again but not with the Luvvers, and the tickets at the Reebok Stadium were a little more than the six bob at the Beachcomber.

Bernard Wrigley

Don't forget there was a Beachcomber in Preston, same company, this was the one I regularly frequented, easyer to get to for me, but went to Bolton a few times.

Alan Gilmartin

So many memories it's frightening. No safety regs. in place then. Stage in the cellar, together with coffee  bar. Had to be a teatotal venue seeing we all were about sixteen. Had to clamour your way through two tunnels up to second level and then up a really narrow flight of stairs to the top floor.

Saw all the great groups there, but the best was Lulu. She was on the raised stage singing'Shout' whilst I was standing directing in front of her looking up at her knickers. Sad I know but I was only sixteen. (62 now). I'm preety certain that round this time a doorman was knifed and subsequently died whilst on duty at the club. Does anyone else remember this?

Could write a book about the place and my memories but it's getting late...Good Night  

John Woods

I remember well The Beachcomber - Eddie Grindrod (owner), John (crewcut) head bouncer/manager, queing to get in in the rain, pretending to be 16 when only 14yrs 6 months, soft drinks and 5 bob in your pocket and best of all the pinball machine.  I can still remember the model  HEATWAVE !!!

Bell bottom jeans, dancing to early Beatles songs etc. Saw The Drifters there one time.

What about the Boneyard?  That was a motley club.

Anyway graduated to Manchester in 1966, the big city! Rowntrees Spring Gardens,  Top of the Town, DiscoTakis, Rowntrees Sound, then Time and Place and Annabels, Twisted Wheel (both venues), Blinkers, etc.

The tax man can't confiscate memories.

re Beachcomber - I remember it before a dj was installed permanently.

ps I saw the Rolling Stones at the Oasis Club before they had a first hit record. 

Malcolm H Holt

I remember "upstairs"  being open daytimes during the week. Spent many a happy hour wagging in there . 

Lesley Peake

I think you'll find Allan when the doorman was killed it was the Cromwellian. A very sad occasion causing the club to close a bit later and change decour and name to the Playmate Club.

Wilf Riley

My husband knew the bouncer that was stabbed at the club - he was called Bobby Warren. It probably was a fire hazard but it was brill! This and Bury Palais is where all the tops groups were!

Barbara Parker

I remember seeing Hermans Hermits there quite a few times and some good local groups, Ian Dean and the Brystols were one of them, had some great nights there.

Pauline Hamill

I used to bunk off school to go to the beachcomber (or the Boneyard) at lunchtime. Listening to Bob Dylan, Soul etc.

We used to meet up outside Prestons of Bolton and have a drink at the Swan hotel or  Man & Scythe before going in to the Beachcomber. I met my (now) wife there. Our first house was next door to The Warren family and on the night of Bobby's death looked after his younger sister whilst his parents went to identifying him. The next day the press were all over us.

One early memory of the Beachcomber was seeing a group called 'The Warriors'. Great Beatles sound. The lead singer was Jon Anderton, later in Yes then Jon and Vangelis. Used to leave the club and my girlfriend  and go on to the Twisted Wheel club in Manchester to the Saturday all-nighter Top soul venue, Alan Bown set, James and Bobby Purify etc. Plus loads of soul imports from the U.S.A..

Nigel Taylor

We would meet at the Man & Scythe, and visit the Brass Cat (Golden Lion) and the Three Crowns, not to drink, just to check out who was where and who was out. Then down to the God, Health and Safety would have had a field day. Steep rickety steps down to tunnels packed with kids, usually Mods, trying to look cool.I remember Ian Dean and The Bristols and also two lads who danced together in the most amazing routines..I think they called themselves The Beach Boys(after the venue)maybe someone else can help with info. Everyone would stop to watch them...amazing dancers.

Stu Francis, the comedian, was a regular clubber...he was still at school then.Eddie Grindrod,the manager was usually on the door and was picky about who was let in.Everyone seemed to go home by the late trains then and Trinity Street station was packed with clubbers going home on trains all over the place..plenty of rowdy behaviour and punch ups as I recall...but it was absolutely the best time to be young!

Sandra Olive

I ADORED the Beachcomber. I went Every Friday night with my best friend Lorraine. Saturday, usually the Seven stars at Heywood with my boyfriend John and a group of friends. Sunday was Bolton Palais, again with Lorraine. I saw Long John Baldry at the 'Comber' as we called it. I was stood in front of him chewing gum when he suddenly stopped singing and told me to get that gum out of my mouth!

Happy days that I would to relive. Someone referred to the bouncer who was stabbed and died at the door. I wonder if it was still the Beachcomber then, as I had started work as a receptionist at the Palais and remember the his colleagues coming round to all the clubs collecting for his family and by then I had married and had my Daughter. Almost sure by that time it had become Maxwell's Plum. Not a patch on the old place.

Judith Barker

Wow, just read the comments on the Beachcomber. What memories. I was there when the Who played, managed to get one of Keith Moons drum Stick. Wish I still had it. Cannot remember which night we used  to go on. What a death trap it was, didn't think of that then, just too busy having a fab time. Up and down those rickety stairs we went. I remember the smelly loos that used to hang over the river croal. How great it was being young in the 60s. Palais (after a swift half in the Founders arms) on Monday, Thursday and Sundays. I worked for a while in the cloakrooms. The Navada, dancing, on a Saturday night.

Norma Derbyshire (Hallam)

I met my first real boyfriend, Barry, at the Beachcomber in Bolton in 1964 so have fond memories of it. He was so gorgeous with his smart Burtons suits and straight black hair that stood up slightly at the top of his head. A true mod! We used to go there once a week to see bands, dance and snog on a comfy couch in one of the top rooms. It was like a big house with lots of rooms with different atmospheres. One room was decorated with nets and shells and all sorts of things you might find on a beach. It was magical. The staircases were narrow - domestic scale - and a lot of people smoked! You could never get away with it these days, with all the fire regulations. The bands played in the basement, which was the biggest room - just roughly decorated, with a small stage in one corner.

As other people have said, there were some brilliant nights. I remember seeing  Herman and the Hermits too. 

Chris Snape

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Just found this site, remember the beachcomer well, after a few pints in the Millstone and Lower nags head would wander down there, it a strong smell of cigarette smoke, sweat and beer down in the dungeons down narrow stairways, it was a fire trap. I remember meeting a girl called Norma Hart who worked at Proffits Radio and TV, ame place has myself . Happy memories.
15th April 2017 5:18am
Jo Manuschka
Top Rank Preston 1960s and 1970s Facebook group
Newspaper article on the closing of the Beachcomber
11th October 2016 1:00pm
Karen Davies
I remember Nick Richards working at Maxwell Plums as I worked behind the bar. I've not seen him for many years. Anyone know how he's doing?
14th September 2015 8:21am
brian richard
My twin brother Nick is fit and well and is due to visit me in Guernsey to celibrate our 70th birthday.regards Mush
14th September 2015 10:48am
Brian Richards
My twin brother Nick was doorman, and I saw all the stars,I caught Peter Noon chatting to my girl in the Man and Scythe,he left in a hurry,I did the door at the Man and scythe and the Crom on occasion,I went to Bob Warrens Wake at the Club Empress,I bought Eddie Grimrods house,Finding I was an electrician, I wired his new house in Horwich,and the Playmate,I moved to Guernsey and took on a Karaoke Bar,just like Eddy(like the song)
26th June 2015 8:51am
Van Morrison played one Monday evening in early 1966-there were only about ten of us downstairs, by then he'd had his day ( so we thought!)-he didn't play any "Them" songs just seemed to wail most of the time--remember he was very small.
He went down very badly
Often thought about this, he was probably singing the songs he later put on Astral Weeks , now one of the most famous albums of all time!
17th May 2015 9:03pm
fred dicky dickinson
i went to the beachcomber, its the first-place i-heard [baby iv got it] jimmy ruffin; and i remember tony fern well;[a top-man]the head-doorman was john warbank; i worked on the-doors with him at the va-va,s troggs and a couple of other places, i also went to the boneyard, a top-mod club;
31st March 2015 7:28am
tony stamp
Yes I was there when The Who performed Pete Townsend has a big white bandage on one of his fingers! I almost lived at the place didn t see Lulu though, I heard that she was very capable of using a few explesatives' towards her fellow band members from a friend who went. What a lady? May be I can fill in a few gaps!! The real piano that the Moody Blues used was brought from the Empress Club which Eddie and Norman also ran, my Mum and Dad used to go taboo for me if they went. Johnny Wallbank the Manger Bouncer worked as an Oiler and Greaser at Bank o Bank Power station where I was an engineering apprentice. I often saw him chuck the unwanted up the stairs from the cellar with the ease of a shot putter. One day he asked if I and Johnny de Rose (who also worked at the power station) would help bring a piano from the Empress Club to the Beachcomber for two free tickets for the gig. As he never never offered a freebee we snatched at the opportunity. Remember the gig well they did Go Now ... Read More
1st February 2015 6:44am
malcolm holt
How's your Gammy ankle these days? I remember us all dancing to earthquake by All TNT Briggs in the upstairs dance room. What memories, Malcolm.economy
10th April 2015 8:36am
Cecilia smith
My uncle Norman Clements was one of the owners of the beachcomber. I loved the place as a small child went to the club on my late teens once I loved it.
Great reading other people's memories I was to young to enjoy those great bands
26th December 2014 3:54pm
Manor Street building was once a flop house during Victorian times where migrant workers stayed. Brewers and boozers later took over the building during the following years and the same spot once again became a lodging place during the 20th century leading up to 1963 when the building became the Beachey later changing to the Crommy. (Cromellian)
6th August 2014 7:23am
correction: 24 BANK ST., BOLTON Tel: 23798 - that was THE BEACHCOMBER'S official address and phone number - no dialing codes in those days. Bank Street and Manor street are separated by bridge under which river runs under. Discovered all this on back of old Wanderers program from 1964. On the back in the centre of team line-up is an small advert bearing Beachy address. Hopkinson in goal, Hartle at back, Fred Hill and Franny Lee up front and little Gordon Taylor on wing...magic!
3rd September 2014 5:04am
Geoff Mann
I used to play there often, down stairs on the small stage Then when it became the Cromwellian you'd end up wading through Double Diamond to get to the Bar Always a great place to play. More so if you was the second group on.

I've attached some extracts from the magazine at the time. Hope they turn out.
18th May 2014 10:57pm
Bill Lever
I think we played in the same band with Tony Fern
12th June 2014 6:21am
I remember Tony Fern great singer, died a few years ago. God Bless Him. Bouncer manager called John who gotta mention Once lived in flats Paderborn Court Moor Lane Bolton Town centre. Passed away several years ago. I instantly recognised him first time I saw him on estate many years ago. Always reminded me of Mick McManus
30th July 2014 5:44am
Robin Smith
Grew up with Tony Fearn in Hunger Hill. Was a great lad always with bags of confidence. Was singing with a Canon Slade formed group called "The Eyes" I think when I last saw him. Was a very good local goalkeeper as well. Sadly missed.
14th February 2015 11:22pm
Robin Smith
Grew up with Tony Fearn in Hunger Hill. Was a great lad always with bags of confidence. Was singing with a Canon Slade formed group called "The Eyes" I think when I last saw him. Was a very good local goalkeeper as well. Sadly missed.
14th February 2015 11:23pm
I remember a Geoff nightingale or Gale that played and sang in the small bar at the club I worked behind the bar , is this you
20th July 2014 6:44am
Discovered this site yesterday - I hope someone out there comments on my remarks. I must have seen dozens of bands at the Beachey including The Atlanta Roots and The Outrage - remember them? The Outrage were a short-lived local band two members of which were in the same class as me at Bolton Art College in Hilden Street. The keyboard player was none other than a guy called Jimmy Valentine Weaver.
31st July 2014 3:28am
I remember Outrage and Val Weaver from the College of Art. Not sure he was really called Jimmy. He idolised Jimmy Smith because of the way he played the Hammond Organ. He was fanatical about keyboards. Wonder where he is now?
22nd March 2015 8:46am
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