Can't understand why "Blightys Club" which was located in Farnworth is not listed? This was probably the biggest Cabaret Club in the country in the early 70's.
Does anyone remember Carol Cottam? She went in this club in the 70s and met a man called Ian Hamilton fron Irlam in 1977? Would love to get in contact with him if anyone can help!! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, or if anyone has information on him thanks.
Blighty's was one of my favourite venues. Graham Warner was the manager then when I worked it. He also doubled as a musician in the band at times. Which was a 7-8 piece. I used to top the bill there on the "Spanish nights" because I think I was the only singer that could do a full Spanish spot. Aaaaah ! great memories.
Blighty's is now a small housing estate. Sob.
Before it was Blighty's, it was the Monaco Club and was always packed at weekends. We went to see The Answers play there. Tom Casey was a real good drummer and Dennis Shuttleworth a fab guitarist. It was the best club outside Manchester city centre. It seemed to go more for a variety club feel when it changed to Blighty's. That's when I moved on to proper music venues.
I was stage manager @ Blightys in the early 70's for a couple of years when Gerry Slinger was manager (& his wife was THE BOSS). 1st nite Bob Monkhouse was top of the bill. More acts: the Four Tops, 3 Degrees, Tommy Cooper, Bruce Forsyth (when he was in his 60's!) an all-star jazz group - Art Blakey, Dizzy Gizzespie, Theloneus Monk, Kai Winding, Charles Mingus. LOADS more. 3-day week killed it.
Some great nites there. Days less so, cleaning bogs!
I worked there and Dougie Flood was one of the owners. He retired to Tenerife in the 70's - hope he is still around, he was a nice man. Last time I worked there, Frank Ifield was topping the bill, long time ago.
Worked Blightys many times and even before when it was the Club Monaco, owned by Ken Naylor who also had the EMPIRE CABARET CLUB in Milnrow; Ritz Theatre Bar in Oldham; Ritz Club in Brighouse and Candlelight Club (formerly Savoy Ballroom) in Oldham, who booked me for all his venues alongside Matt Monro, Tommy Hunt, etc.,etc., and I later went out with his daughter, Kathy Anders from Rochdale, who became Miss England and Miss UK.
After I won the Singer of the Year award at the Broadway Club in 1971 (Norman Collier won the Comedian award and Black Abbotts the group), Dougie Flood opened a sister club in Farnworth called Blightys and Gerry Slinger the manager booked me all the time supporting Showwaddywaddy, Jack Jones etc., and The 3 Degrees, who came out of their dressing room wearing long, one piece, Mermaid style fawn dresses which were completely transparent and left absolutely nothing to the imagination, just as I came offstage! Never been the same since!!
Neither were the 3 guys sitting on the front table who fainted with excitement when they were introduced by Mort Allen the compere with the band called John Browns Bodies who had played at the Broadway Club. True story! Pics on my site paulstevensentertains.info
Also, I did know Ian Hamilton.
Regards Paul Stevens
When I was s.m. there (posh job description for what it was!) Dougie Flood had another club on Rochdale Rd (Talk Of The North?) & Gerry Slinger was boss of Blighty's (& both, later Copperfields in Bolton). Gerry's wife Winnie was more bossy than the boss. Maybe she held the purse strings?
Always a great night out. Tommy Cooper had the audience in hysterics before he said a word. Showaddywaddy were absolutely brilliant, especially with the smoke rising during ‘Johnny Remember Me’.
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Hi --- can I just clear up a few confusing statements about Blightys and ownership. Douggie Flood, Geoff Reeves (?), Gerry Slinger and Jack McCall all had shared interests in the Northern Club (above the Cintra Cinema) Rochdale Road, The Broadway ... Read More
Hi --- can I just clear up a few confusing statements about Blightys and ownership. Douggie Flood, Geoff Reeves (?), Gerry Slinger and Jack McCall all had shared interests in the Northern Club (above the Cintra Cinema) Rochdale Road, The Broadway Club, also the club (age-related memory) on the corner of Blakely Avenue and Rochdale Road... nowe a supermarket and of course Blightys. Dougie gradually edged the others out (offers they couldn't refuse). I started working at Blightys as MD for Gerry.... a lovely bloke. It was GERRY who emigrated to Tenerife not Dougie. I actually sold Gerry's red premier drum kit for him. When Gerry was bought out, Graham Warner was brought in as manager whilst Dougie concentrated on his new toy.... Quaffers. He also of course had Tramtracks on Oldham and Copperfields in Bolton..... and yes, as someone has said, Graham Warner was a saxophonist.... but I never let him play with my band!!!! Jack McCall of course also owned the La Petite Trianon... Dale Street, which then became the Clan Bar, then the Celebrity Club until Foo-foo purchased it. Jack then opened the New Press Club. I have no idea what happened to Geoff Reeves - he was also a really nice guy. The names of the owners collectively had a ring of "Quality" about it.... I think M/cr old-timers will know what I mean!
jeff reeves died in the 90s. he was at the time being looked after by foo foo lamar at his house in alkrington during his illness. doug flood would send him a wage every week until his death. I used to take it.
In the Phoenix Nights episode where the doormen had walkie talkies and one of them goes to the chippie had you realised that the wasteland he walks across was actually Blightys after demolition - and the bit you see is just where the dressing room ... Read More
In the Phoenix Nights episode where the doormen had walkie talkies and one of them goes to the chippie had you realised that the wasteland he walks across was actually Blightys after demolition - and the bit you see is just where the dressing room stood?