Top class cabaret promoted by the owner, Roy Jackson. A fabulous night when Showaddywaddy played (before they were famous). Other top acts included Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon and the Grumbleweeds. I saw the hypnotist Edwin Heath and wonder if the cheeky bloke in the front row ever got his hands free. Chicken in a basket was delightful.
Also saw a re-run of the 1971 Rugby League Cup Final when Leigh beat Leeds. The venue was shaped like a slice of cake – appropriate as it was later sold to a bakery.
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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.
My Band, Q Factor, played there for quite a time and these posters bring back great memories, especially as we had to share dressing rooms (or should I say cupboards) with whoever was top of the bill. Not easy when they were only about 10 feet by 5 ... Read More
My Band, Q Factor, played there for quite a time and these posters bring back great memories, especially as we had to share dressing rooms (or should I say cupboards) with whoever was top of the bill. Not easy when they were only about 10 feet by 5 feet, although there were three of them. We played with many of the tops stars at the time, Joe Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Monkhouse, Gerry Marsden, Alvin Stardust (Shane Fenton as he was then), Mud, Del Shannon, Gene Vincent, Grumbleweeds, Cannon and Ball, Little and Large, David Whitfield, Jefferson and so on. The Garrick always had top acts on and often, whoever won Opportunity Knocks, appeared there the following week, The Singing Postman, Gerry Monroe and Picketywitch to name a few. Great days fondly remembered. My fiancee at the time also worked there in the kitchens as they served meals too. Sadly Roy Jackson, the owner, sold the Garrick to a guy named, I think Jeff Cordell, who owned Wigan Casino and Bolton Casino clubs, who promptly tried to turn it into a disco. Within a very short time the clientele stopped going and the club shut. Many of them, of course, were coach parties who came from all over the place and who would not come to a disco. It is now demolished and I have sometimes wandered onto the site and stood in the spot that I used to where the stage was. Memories, eh?
Hmmm - had a look on Google for them, as seemed interesting. Found this - which would be them: Bernard Stanley Arnold and his wife Lilias lived in this house between 1923 and 1948. They were an interesting couple with contrasting personalities; ... Read More
Hmmm - had a look on Google for them, as seemed interesting.Found this - which would be them: Bernard Stanley Arnold and his wife Lilias lived in this house between 1923 and 1948. They were an interesting couple with contrasting personalities; Bernard was very conventional and worked as a bank manager, whereas Lilias had an artistic temperament. She was an elocutionist and a teacher of dramatic arts. They had two sons, Stanley and Richard, who inherited their parents’ diverse personalities. Stanley followed in his father’s footsteps and eventually became Lord Mayor of Sheffield in 1972. But Richard was destined for a life in show business, starting off in music hall where he met his wife Dorothy. They formed a double act as ‘Dickie and Dottie’ and pursued a very colourful career in cabaret, working in famous nightspots such as Raymond’s Revue Bar in the West End. Their act attracted quite a bit of notoriety as it included nude scenes and was distinctly ‘risque’ for its time. As the music hall and cabaret scene declined they hung up their fig leaves and went ‘straight’ as character actors during the 1980’s. Dickie Arnold’s career spanned the theatre, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, television, and even cinema. For example he appears in the 1985 film ‘Santa Claus’ starring Dudley Moore. He died in 1990.
Many great nights here especially loved the Grumblweeds “After Ultra-brite everything else is just gobshite!” Was Paul O’Grady DJ here in Lily Savage mode?? Resident band were brilliant - covered most hits really well.