Huge club that I believe was converted into a furniture warehouse but has now been torn down.
In the late sixties the club was a regular gig for Manchester bands - making their way through the Lake District towns in the days before the M6.
Dodging the caravan set in the summer and battling the snow over the Shap in the winter.
CARLISLE’S old Cosmo club in Harraby will host one last event before it is demolished on December 8, 2003.
An auction of old hotel and bar equipment will take place there next Saturday. It will include a full-size snooker table, a carpet bowls mat, lights, bed settees and more than 50 drums of fluid to make nightclub smoke.
They have been collected by Carlisle entrepreneur Ron Wood, who used to own the site on Central Avenue, but he is having a clear-out.
The former club is being knocked down to make way for a new development of 39 low-cost houses and flats by Carlisle-based Northern Developments Ltd.
It will be the end of an era for many Cumbrian couples as it was the place to meet future husbands and wives in the Sixties and Seventies. Chart-toppers The Who, Pink Floyd and The Moody Blues were among the famous acts who packed the club in its heyday.
Mr Wood said: “It was one of the North’s busiest and best nightclubs in its day and it’s never been replicated.
“You could go to the Cosmo on a Saturday night and listen to a band that had been on Top Of The Pops the previous Thursday. You don’t get that kind of thing now.”
John Taylor & Co in Carlisle is holding the sale. Auctioneer Mr Taylor said: “Someone’s already asked me if I find an engagement ring that they threw back at so-and-so in 1972, could they have it back, please.”
The building started out as the Argyll Cinema in the mid-1950s and became a dance hall in the Sixties. In later years the site became a furniture business, bingo hall and roller-skating rink, though the pub always remained.
It has stood empty for at least 10 years. Ron Wood, who owns Le Gall and the Border Rambler, bought the whole site two years ago. He transferred The Avenue to the nearby Inglewood, which he also owns. He collects hotel and bar equipment from sales for possible use in his own businesses but now wants to have a clearout.
They include a sunbed, exercise equipment, bed settees, easy chairs, cast iron-based tables, a dozen toilets, bar fittings from The Avenue, and even church pews from a former chapel.
The Cosmo’s fittings were ripped out years ago but the layout of the old club is still detectable such as the cloakroom, foyer, bandstand and toilets.
Mr Taylor said he has already had interest from owners of B&Bs, beauty salons and bars, but the general public have also been inquiring. “We’re expecting a lot of people to just turn up to have a wander round and see the old place,” he added.
“I can remember going to the Cosmo. It was the main nightclub in Carlisle. It was also known throughout the rural areas because young farmers had their dances there. It’s a little part of history going. I mentioned it recently to someone in their 20s and they didn’t know about it, which made me feel a lot older.”
The sale is at the Cosmo from 10am on Saturday. Viewing takes place the afternoon before.
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
Two of the guys in the band were too broke to spend the night in digs and had to spend the night in the van. It gets mighty cold in Carlisle and the van loses its heat in a very short time. Poor buggers had to get up and play football to keep warm. It must have been cold - the Hammond froze up in the van overnight and we couldn't get it started at the gig"
The club had a large stage with a seating area behind it. I split my stage pants and wasn't wearing underpants. I had my bum showing for the rest of the spot.
At the time, the club was still very much into live music. The support band - also from Manchester - hadn't made it so the manager immediately got in a local band - he would have been lynched if he had used a dj.
Phoenix City Smash
Just to say that we did the gig as postedon the right for "Mud" on the sunday night, it was just before we went on tour with them.
They had this huge pa system that the had just bought off The Nice - which looked like two blocks of flats either side of the stage.
They had just gone to number one with Tiger Feet. What a fantastic night, for they were great entertainers, great memories and nice people to be around,thanks again for all your work paul, its greatly appreciated.