Rowntrees owned four popular clubs,
- Top of the Town
- Seen/Takis and
- Spring Gardens
with all but the last featuring groups two or three nights a week.
I have just read Paul Swarbrick's account of when he was working on Whitworth St in Manchester and how he used to go to Takis at lunchtime and enjoy the music. I was really pleased to read that as I was the DJ during those lunchtime sessions.
My DJ name was Pete Roscoe and as well as the lunchtime sessions I also did Top of the Town,and Rowntrees in the evenings. Does anyone recall the Miss Supertakis beauty contest that we had, I arranged that together with Mr Paul Partakis who was the Manager and part of the family that owned the group of clubs
I spent every Friday and Saturday night dancing to Tamala Mowtown at Takis.
As you walked down the stairs to enter the club There was a minor bird in a cage on the wall. It would whistle at the girls coming down the steps in the dark.
I remember being there the night Otis Reding died and the DJ Paul Pender anounced it. Everyone was so shocked.
I remember the dinnertime sesions. As I worked on Lever street i would nip in for the lunch break.
Takis and Tamala Mowtown were the best times of my life.