"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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Topic: Beachcomber, Bolton
Mike Taylor says...
I went once to the Beachcomber to see a touring show called the Steampacket featuring Long John Baldry, supported ,as I recal by Rod Stewart, with Reg Dwight (Elton John) on keyboard, and I think Brian Auger and Judy Driscoll. This must have been ... Read More
18th May 2014 10:55pm
Tony Owens says...
Steam Packet were, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll and Rod Stewart all on vocals with Brian Auger (Organ), Vic Briggs (Guitar), Micky Waller (Drums) and Richard Brown AKA Ricky Fenson (Bass)
24th May 2014 8:08am
Geoff Mann says...
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 ... Read More
18th May 2014 10:57pm
Bill Lever says...
I think we played in the same band with Tony Fern
12th June 2014 6:21am
graham says...
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 ... Read More
30th July 2014 5:44am
Robin Smith says...
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 says...
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
Geoff Mann says...
Bill Lever
Hi Bill it was me although you might not see this as it's nearly a 3 years reply
7th May 2017 6:59am
Angela says...
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
graham says...
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 ... Read More
31st July 2014 3:28am
Jan says...
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
graham says...
Lots of bands were formed at Bolton College of Art during the early 60s including blues unit Atlanta Roots who were regular performers at the Beachcomber and of course Val Weaver's band Outrage. The other Art School member of Outrage was drummer ... Read More
26th March 2015 5:45am
Norma Derbyshire says...
I don't remember The Rocking Vicars playing at The Beachcomber but have happy memories of them playing at The Palais'
11th April 2015 5:17am
RE The Rocking Vicars-I saw them at the Beachcomber-think it was a Sunday Evening-they had just recorded Pete Townsend's Who song "THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT" and played it twice.
17th May 2015 8:08pm
Tony Stamp says...
I recall that I might have been with you?? Saw them several times at the Palais, even the Bone Yard. Can any one remember seeing the Pretty Things at the Yard?
17th May 2015 11:14pm
Geoff Parkinson says...
I was the bass player in Outrage and the guitarist Rod Gerrard,who now lives in Colorado was my best pal from the age of 17.Still in touch daily and he has only just stopped playing after the best part of 50 years including stints with Hermans ... Read More
10th April 2015 2:07am
David Grindrod (Birmingham) says...
Hey Geoff, I'm Eddie Grindrod's son (one of the Beachcomber owners) and your story with The Outrage is fascinating. i spoke to Michael Chapman (the musician) recently (he's still performing regularly) about that poster he purportedly did ... Read More
17th August 2017 9:53pm
Geoff Parkinson (Astley) says...
Hello David,The posters that Michael Chapman designed have his name on as the designer.We went to Southport to have the pictures taken which were printed in the negative in dayglo.Amongst the first at the time. Tapes of the recordings that we did at ... Read More
22nd October 2017 6:44am
Geoff Parkinson (Astley) says...
Incedentally ,there is NO purportedly with regards to Michael Chapmans involvement with the design of the Outrage posters.I still have some and on the bottom right hand side it clearly states--DESIGN-MICHAEL CHAPMAN-with Don Reads office address and ... Read More
23rd October 2017 4:30pm
David Grindrod (Birmingham) says...
Hi Geoff, thanks for your replies. Absolutely fascinating for me to hear your recollections! I'm attempting to piece together ANY surviving memorabilia relating to the Beachcomber (my dad sadly never kept anything). I also collect this era (I ... Read More
23rd October 2017 10:05pm
Geoff Parkinson (Astley) says...
Hello David,If we can find a way without displaying personal contact details to the whole world I will happily supply a poster.With regards to both David John and the Mood and the Action I can confirm that both played at the Beachcomber and were ... Read More
28th October 2017 7:35pm
David Grindrod (Birmingham) says...
Hi Geoff, many thanks for that reply. Such a shame no recordings of The Outrage survive, I would love to hear what you sounded like. Very interesting to hear your recollections of The Action and DJ and The Mood at The Beachcomber and know what you ... Read More
2nd November 2017 9:25pm
Hello,I was the bass player in Outrage and have been trying to make contact with Val Weaver and Tom Dewhurst for 50 years.Yesterday I managed to contact Tom who now lives in Monmouthshire and is a well known artist with works in the National Gallery ... Read More
27th September 2015 10:25pm
Jan Bradshaw says...
Hello Geoff Thanks for passing on the news about Val, though sad to hear he has gone and at such a young age. You are so right about him being quirky! I remember him as quite zany but SO passionate about the Hammond. Glad to hear you are still ... Read More
28th September 2015 1:49am
Geoff Parkinson (Astley) says...
Hello Jan,You are quite right about his passion for the Hammond organ,in my opinion THE king of Keyboards on which he was a brilliant player by anybodys standards and up there with the other Weavers[Mick [Wynder K] and Blue[Amen Corner,Strawbs and ... Read More
22nd October 2017 6:58am
Hello Graham,I am the bass player from Outrage and yesterday after 50 years I finally made contact with Tom Dewhurst,a well known artist in his own right now,who informed me that Val had died of a heart attack aged 59 a few years back,He was a ... Read More
27th September 2015 10:33pm
graham says...
Sad to hear of Val - he was a great bloke. He use to pick me up from my works in Radcliffe on his way home from his family crumpet business many years ago. Never stopped chatting always the gasser, always the comic. Once met Val and Tom at Rivvy ... Read More
23rd November 2015 1:45am
tony stamp says...
Hi Graham Yes remember it well it was the Bolton Rag Ball and I m sure that PINK FLOYD where on the same bill among others. A great night except when I found out that LFB was gay, but still had a great chat with him from a safe distance of course. ... Read More
23rd November 2015 3:14am
Geoff Parkinson (Astley) says...
Hello Graham,The night that the Pink Floyd played Rivington Barn was the same one that we wrote off the Outrage, two tone blue Ford Thames van on Beaumont road.The cobbled surface[as it was then] was wet and we skidded into a Cast Iron Lampost and ... Read More
22nd October 2017 7:05am
graham says...
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 ... Read More
6th August 2014 7:23am
graham says...
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 ... Read More
3rd September 2014 5:04am
Cecilia smith says...
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
tony stamp says...
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 ... Read More
1st February 2015 6:44am
malcolm holt says...
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
fred dicky dickinson says...
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 ... Read More
31st March 2015 7:28am
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 ... Read More
17th May 2015 9:03pm
Brian Richards says...
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 ... Read More
26th June 2015 8:51am
David Grindrod (Birmingham) says...
Hey Brian, was that the Woodsley Road house? I'm Eddie's son - I think I remember you - around 1974, when i was a mere nipper :-)
17th August 2017 9:38pm
Karen Davies says...
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 says...
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
Jo Manuschka says...
Top Rank Preston 1960s and 1970s Facebook group
Newspaper article on the closing of the Beachcomber
11th October 2016 1:00pm
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. ... Read More
15th April 2017 5:18am
Christine Shorthouse says...
I am the girl facing the camera in this pic. We had some great times in the Beachcomber, the 60's were a great time to be a teenager. Happy days!
30th July 2017 11:57pm
Jim Bury (Monk Moors) says...
I remember standing about where you are in front of the stage when Zoot Money and the Big Roll Band were on...Great night !!
But then there were many nights like that...
29th November 2017 10:02am
mel gage (manchester) says...
Only went there once to see the "Who" fanastic night can't remember where it was or what is was like inside , went with Roger Moss and Alan Midgelywho was from Farnworth, great night but no real mmemories?
3rd November 2017 8:52pm
mel gage (manchester) says...
Sorry that last post should read"m-m-memories of the WHO"
5th November 2017 10:44pm

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