Bolton Casino

I took my ex-wife to Bolton Casino on our first proper date to see Del Shannon. He was backed by a great band called John Mac's Flare Band and Del sounded exactly as he did on his recordings with that great falsetto voice.

They made a recording of the show at the Princess Club in Manchester and released it on a vinyl album called appropiately enough " Del Shannon live in England."

My ex later got a job at Bolton Casino in the ticket office but that's another story.

Tony Dixon

I remember the Casino very well. I was the founding member of "The Answers" and at the time was also working for our management company L.E.Agency @ Wigan. I actually booked The Who to play at the Casino on behalf of Bolton College Students Do and coincidentally I booked us as support group "Great Night" culminating in Moony smashing his kit up and Townsend wrecking his Marshall Stack.

The club later closed and re-opend as "Copperfield's" which was one of the First House Group of clubs. ( Alias Dougie Flood/Gerry Springer/Tommy and one other as I recollect) afectionally known as "The Manchester Mafia".

The other clubs were "Blighty's at Farnworth, The Broadway at Fallowfield, Cumberland Club at Eccles, The Bower Hotel and Tramways & Tramtracks.

Following the demise of The Answers "Airport" was born who I was priveledged to be lead singer/front man. Dennis Shuttleworth(Bass Guitar)Kenny Brown (Lead Guitar) and John Shearer "Alias Sacko" on Drums. We were managed by The First House Group (Namely Blighty's) Gerry Slinger was our manager.We topped the bill many times at Blighty's and supported many international stars such as Bill Haley/Neil Sedaka/Scott Walker to name a few. We were voted best group of the year in 1972 with Tony Christie best male vocalist, Linda McMurray best female vocalist and Cannon & Ball as best comedians.

Following our appearance on New Faces we went over to Naples to top the bill at the American Nato Air base performing for all the Generals and Majors. It was Major George Clemons who introduced me to "Jack Daniels Whiskey" and although I'm probably responsible for it's debut in Westhoughton where I live. I still drink it!  Remember!!! "Alcohol Preserves"  Water Rusts. Anyone remember those halcion days???? 

Tom Casey

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Topic: Bolton Casino
Neil Smith says...
I was guitarist in the Eddie Robinson Band and we did alternate gigs at Wigan Casino and Bolton Casino. We played covers of the latest music but it tended to have quite a bit of brass input which of course gave a 'soul feel' to it all. I ... Read More
4th May 2014 10:14am
Daniel croke says...
Hi Tom, cant believe it I was talking about copperfields to some coleagues here in inverness. i have just read what you have said i looked at it after, and i thought i had wrote it honestly, i remember dougie flood and gerry springer coming into ... Read More
27th June 2014 9:43pm
Tom Casey says...
Hi Daniel great to hear from you its a pity more people can,t get in touch then we could all maybe get together
6th January 2016 12:12am
Barbara says...
I also worked at Copperfields for a year, 1973 (approx)when Alistair was Manager and Brian was bar manager. My friends Elaine and Kath also worked there. They had just started when Slinger sacked the original staff and I came a few weeks later. ... Read More
6th January 2016 3:09am
Steve Beswick says...
I found this vinyl album recorded ay Blighty's,Mad relating to the great place Blighty's owned by Doug Flood and Gerry Slinger. Steve B. Sorry I tried to show photos. the page would not let me copy the photo link.
29th August 2015 2:10am
Daniel croke says...
That's a shame Steve worked there for quite a while, remember Gene Pitney especially.
What a busy place!
Only photographs I have are of Frankie Vaughan at Copperfield's for my 3 years there
9th October 2015 2:04am
Steve Beswick says...
Hi, I can email you the photos I have taken of the sleeve and back no problem.
9th October 2015 2:47am
Eddie Dogramaci (Pitt town sydneyaustralia) says...
What a life In 1971 things started going down as study wise I had to find a way out I was studying textiles on the main road Bolton technical college course was Ond I had 1972 mini 1275 Gt.when you have a car like this during those days, you ... Read More
19th October 2017 9:02pm
Eddie Dogramaci (Pitt town Nsw australia) says...
Ok carrying on Running to college to enter class room around 10.15 always had a excuse Around 12.00 with another excuse out of class to golden lion to start shift At 14.00 run back to school until 17.00 then to work until 19.00 Then drive to ... Read More
19th October 2017 9:28pm
Eddie Dogramaci (Pitt town Sydney australia) says...
Carrying on..... Yes I was making more money on tips than Kevin's brother who was the manager God bless him I worked there and occasionally at Oldham or somewhere to assist them on busy nights I passed my exams but life was so beautiful all I ... Read More
19th October 2017 9:42pm


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