It was run by 'Major' Bill Reid and his wife and provided all us very thirsty youths with an after-time passport to the beer after a night in the Plough Heaton Moor and the HM Rugby Club on Green Lane.
As long as we got to the Regency before 12.00 the Major would allow us in for, I think 2/6d. In order to make it legal to drink till 2.00am a guest would have to have a 'meal' - which was a ham butty that was made by what seemed to be the million, by a little elderly lady in the kitchen. You got a raffle ticket receipt for your sarnie - proof that you had dined in the establishment in case any of Stockport's finest made an appearance to 'check-up'. I remember Bill well - he always had plenty of time for young people as long as they behaved themselves.
Some years later he had a Hotel in Burnage which we used to visit on a Saturday and if we had partaken of the waters to excess, Bill would stick you in a bedroom and you sorted it out the next morning with him - what a star!
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I happened to be looking up the Regency Club and saw your post. My Mum was friends with the Reid's about 1966-67. She used to go there and became friends with Doreen Reid. She took me a few times in the day time to visit Doreen probably to talk ... Read More
I happened to be looking up the Regency Club and saw your post. My Mum was friends with the Reid's about 1966-67. She used to go there and became friends with Doreen Reid. She took me a few times in the day time to visit Doreen probably to talk about her divorce lol! the club is where she met her second husband. I was about nine then and thought getting to visit the club pretty cool. I believe the Reids had a son Bill, who played the drums and a daughter named Averill.In 68 we immigrated to the States but I went back to the UK in 1979 and Doreen was running the Wool Pack that I think was in Didsbury and a relative took me and my friend to visit. I don't remember if the Reids divorced or Bill died. Do you?Thanks for your post as it brought back memories.
Hi Chris Thorpe, Yes I remember The Regency well, as you say, after a night in The Plough it was the place to go and a great welcome. Home to roost now and it is sad to see how the place looks, hope the new owners restore it to its former glory.