1972 I was a trainee architect in central Manchester. The firm got the job of providing drawings for the builder re-fitting after it burned out. It was a very large hall with balconies all round and a full proscenium stage at one end.
I was left to my own devices and went crazy and it got built. A huge space frame hauled up to the roof with smooth shiny aluminium foil covered panels on top (milk-bottle top foil), and several rows of hung scaffolding the full length with door blanks covered in the foil spinning along them. All full of lights. I never saw it finished but it did all go in.
Anyone remember it?
Great night out in the early 1970’s. Popular groups included Mud and Stoney End (Jenny Darren).
The local paper advertised the week’s acts and, on Friday, ‘something special for the gentlemen’.
Later Cleo’s disco opened upstairs. Paddy Shaw and Maurice H were the DJs and played Northern Soul records that some regulars had picked up at The Golden Torch and Blackpool Mecca. Fabulous venue.
Later became Reubens and Edwin Starr was always a popular attraction. Since demolished and now a block of flats.
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Hi folks - does anyone remember the Co-op Hall, Leigh in the 60`s where groups entertained such as the BIG THREE, the HOLLIES and many more. These groups appeared lots of times and everyone really appreciated them. Its surprising how many groups ... Read More
Hi folks - does anyone remember the Co-op Hall, Leigh in the 60`s where groups entertained such as the BIG THREE, the HOLLIES and many more. These groups appeared lots of times and everyone really appreciated them. Its surprising how many groups appeared in Leigh at the Casino and the Garrick including The Beatles, Rolling Stones and many more.
The Cass was owned by Winny Brierly and the Garrick was owned by Roy Jackson and his wife and promoted many groups - unfortunately these clubs are sadly forgotten for their support.
I met my pop hero GENE VINCENT at the Garrick then had the pleasure of taking him to MA COTTOMS in Astley nr Leigh which was a bungalow which is still there on Manchester Road where he was staying.
These clubs should not be lost in history for their contribution to the support to bringing the best of groups the the area.
We had long chats whilst he was staying there, he was a great guy and very funny. Not long after the guy passed away. What a loss but we still have Ronny.
Very fond memories of the place, I still see many of the old faces knocking about in Leyth,Bent and Bongs, oh happy days. ps I think Mrs Brierley passed away not too long ago, the lady must have been a fair old age.