The "Astoria" in Hyde opposite the bus station was a great little dance hall & venue for both local bands & others in the 60s, no one seems to have written about this venue.
I went most saturday nights & remember the Meteors, Gerry & Pacemakers, & my idol Gene Vincent. Shame I never owned a camera at the time.
This tiny place has so much history, someone most have photos. I believe the building is still there but has been used as a bingo hall for many years.
This was another club I was assocated with. The time I was there it was owned by Sid Elgar who owned the Southern Sporting Club and others.
At the time Syd opened the Palace Theare Club in Accrinton and the acts doubled between the two. Again great days
Image courtesy Ian McLeod
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I saw The Hollies at the Astoria on 31st December 1963. The Hi Five appeared there on January 4th,1964 and The Pathfinders on January 11th, 1964.For some reason I stopped going to the Astoria after that, still went to the Ashton Palais for a while, but the Twisted Wheel and Manchester Cavern became more popular and my destinations of choice for the next couple of years. > We saw some amazing bands and artists, including The Who and Long John Baldrey with Rod Stewart as his back up singer. Good times!
The Astoria was a great place to go I saw Gerry & Pacemakers there a couple of times The Undertakers & Gene Vincent plus many local bands, a popular place but no one seams to have any photos from inside of the Astoria I suppose not many of us had a camera in those days.