The Garrick, Leigh

Unknown date 9 OCtober 1969
23 October 1969 30 October 1969
6 November 1969 13 November 1969
20 November 1969 27 November 1969
25 December 1969 1 January 1970

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.

David Brown

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saw many acts at the garrick,,one act was a husband a wife, dicky and dotty, she was a stripper. made an impression on me being a 17 year old
14th May 2017 10:36am
Paul webmaster
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 ... Read More
14th May 2017 11:29am
Richard Carter
I remember that and, of course, being on stage to play the music meant that we saw far more than the audience did when she had her back to them.
14th May 2017 8:25pm
I was the singer in Q Factor when Gene Vincent sang there and was sacked by Roy Jackson. Remember watching it the following day on Granada with Roy Jackson, Gene Vincent and Bob Grundy.
25th February 2017 12:09am
Richard Carter
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 ... Read More
23rd September 2015 9:09pm
Richard Carter
Hi, I was a member of the resident group at the Garrick, The Q Factor. I remember all those acts well. Would be great to get a copy of the posters. Would it be possible to email them to me
2nd September 2015 3:45am
Paul webmaster
In an email Richard! Coming soon.
8th September 2015 7:57pm
Peter Bowdler
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 ... Read More
29th December 2014 11:39am


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