I was involved like most young Mancs in everything that was going on in the City from about 1964. I worked at Tiffanys which was the same building you show as the Plaza.
It was originally owned and run by Mecca. The manager' were ballroom champions Harold Hulley and Doreen Edwards. They were also judges at 'Come Dancing' and she was involved in the Miss World contests.
The group Les Nocturnes gave good careers to the girl singers.
The first, Sandra Stevens, became the main singer in Brotherhood of Man. Her partner was a girl who did session work and went under the name Eve Eden. She eventually changed her name to Eve Graham and joined the New Seekers.The third girl was an usherette at the nearby either Odeon or Gaumont cinema and she was from Wythenshawe. Her name was Lynn Paul. She also joined the New Seekers then had a good solo career and she's recently been on Emmerdale.
Good Times! Hello to anyone who might have known me.
How I remember Tiffanys which was once the Plaza, what wonderful memories. No alcohol sold, only orange juice and milk !!!!! believe it or not.When it changed to Tiffanys I found it so romantic with all those palm trees but then I was only 19 years of age. What wonderful memories, where have they all gone.
Tony Ravell's band was fantastic - they did a cover of Woodstock better than the original. The female singer did a cover of Carol King's "it's to late". What a fabulous voice. Also the blind keyboard member of the band, what pure talent he had.
Tony Ravell was a special friend that I lost touch with over the years but would love to hear from him. If anybody knows what the rest of the band did after Tiffanys I would be very interested.
Went many times to Tiffanys in the 60s. Many happy memories, didn't they use to have a Mynah bird at the top of the stairs where you went in.
I worked at Tiffanys for Doreen Edwards as trainee catering assistant. she was Cataering manageress. Harold Hulley was the General Manager and his assistant was Bill Irvine. I had a great time there and it was the place to go to in Manchester. Tom Jones came in one night after his performance at the Odeon next door, also Mike and Bernie Winters and Bill Kenwright who was a cast member of Coronation street at the time. I met my wife Anne there, she was a waitress. Gorgeous Georgie was the DJ when I was there and Tony Ravel's new voyage played the live music. There used to be a tropical thunderstorm at intervals throughout the night and it was very realistic.
I wish I could meet all the staff members again Eric the doorman, Anne McNally, Margaret Gaffney, Barbara Entwistle, Kath (can't remember her surname).
Doreen Edwards ruled with draconian style and all the staff took the mickey out of her behind her back I recall. I as management was never allowed to mix with staff out of hours, but at the end of the night around 2am we all went to the empire grill in the town hall square for something to eat and it was there we all met Dave Lee Travis with his girlfriend at that time Jennifer Lowe a very beautiful woman,(Lucky devil) Hulley and Edwards never found out about our meet ups LOL
Yes I remember the mynah bird on the stairs. And the wonderful Nocturnes making great music. Happy happy days.
I too worked at Tiffanys for Mr Hully and Miss Edwards. I was employed as Head Barman and Cellerman. There was a little welsh girl as assistant manageress whose name I don't recall now.
I think I was proably the one responsible for getting rid of the Myna bird because I got so fed up of Miss Edwards making me cut up the fruit for the bird. I took it out on the bird and taught it to swear ... so it had to go.
I remember the girls well - Sandra, Eve and Lynn also Nicky lead guitarist with Les Nocturnes, Karla the D J, Sheila the cigar girl.
We went to a greek club after work called the Clubmans Club in Chinatown or varied it by going in the Portland Lodge, not forgetting the hours we spent in Nicks all night cafe. I left to go to work at Tiffany's in London Great days
Talk about a trip down memory lane. Fascinated to read the comments. Having been appointed the youngest mecca manager at the Ritz ballroom for 18 months I was appointed general manager at Tiffanys following Harold Hulley. It wasn't long before the business boomed and we won many Mecca awards including my first holiday abroad (week in ibiza). I would also love to hear what happened to Tony Ravell.
Aagh happy days.
After 2 years I moved as general manager to Blackpool Locarno (name changed to Tiffanys Blackpool) and amongst many changes started Northern soul.
I now live in Devon which seems a million miles from the Mecca days.
I worked at Tiffanys for a short tme in the late 1960's , I can rember seeing Harold Hulley & Doreen Edwards ballroom dancing outside on the flat roof of the Tiffanys building . I also would like to know what happened to Tony Ravell and Assistant Manager Norman Dean . It was a great place to go for a night out.
Hi I was Chief cashier at Tiffanys for seven years in the 1970's when Paul Rowe was General Manager followed by Mike Connolly. Tony Ravell had been replaced by Mel Dean and The Sunshine Cake. Happy days.I remember Bill Pye he used to be our Regional Director.
I worked at Tiffanys from the night it opened and for a year or so afterwards.
I remember getting fixed up with the uniform for the grand opening, and then I was promoted/demoted to cigarette girl, complete with short red satin frilly dress and fishnets. I hated that job...so soon returned to drinks waitressing.
I do remember all the staff had to line up before opening to be inspected by the dragon of a managaress....that was always a joke amongst us, we were mostly youngsters, I was 18.. so we did it all with good grace, she however took it very seriously.
The group Les Nocturnes were brilliant. Johnny Campbell who was singer and guitarist took me to see the "Sound of music" one afternoon...(it was on at the Gaumont I think) I had a bit of a crush on Johnny at the time. lol.
I remember dj Holly, I think her boyfriend was the goalie on the German football team who lost to England in the 1966 world cup...If my memory serves me well Tiffanys was open that night, such jubilation, even Holly didn't seem bothered.
Eve and Sandra...the female singers were lovely, Sandra was shy, Eve was beautiful.....such happy carefree days.
Hi - Anyone any idea where Paul Rowe is now. He was a great person. He was manager at Blighty's for a while where I was M.D. and we had some fun times together. He then went to a wine bar in Eccles. Would love to contact him aain. Have a GREAT day!
I lived in Harrogate and was 16 yrs old..that was 1980. Mr Hulley had a dance school in the arcade and also a massive antique and second hand store and his wife an antique shop, I was offered a saturday job and that was it.
Both gave me the chance in life and thanks to them I never looked back. The most charming people I will ever encounter. They gave me knowledge of how to be a proper young man and conduct myself in the appropriate manner.The down side was walking the dog FRED ha ha . However I moved to Dorset and never kept in contact. David, I wish I had x
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Mr Hulley and Mrs Hulley, but never heard Mr H call her Mrs H . When things were going wrong, Mrs H had a good quote.... "OH IT IS SO TRAGIC SOMEONE HAS PINCHED MY WAND AND BUG****D UP MY MAGIC " They went to TENERIFE or TENERRIFEE on holliday, AS MR H would say... they got me a Lladro porcelain polar bear and why i am writing this is, I FOUND IT IN THE GARAGE...and MR/MRS H collected LlADRO. Never knew what ever happened to them but I would love to know ?? and I will find out.They lived in Brunswick Drive,the Duchy area of Harrogate and very posh . By the way Fred was a black woolley dog but not a poodle.
Just been looking at the Tiffany's page. Nice to see my name has not been forgotten.. Was surprised to see the message from Bill Pye. Hello Bill. Yes I am still around. Great memories of our partnership at Tiffany's and the success we had there. Think how many old friends there must be out there who spend as much time as I certainly do remembering the good old days.
You may be supprised to hear I am still in close contact with Brian Thompson and we meet for lunch evry now and then. Brian has been my pal for almost 50 years when we met in Coventry Locarno. When I played there and he was assistant manager. Great to hear you are still around Bill. Do you go to the Mecca reunion.? I have never been, but Brian goes. Would be nice to hear more from you and anyone else who would like to reminisce.
I know Mr. Hulley and Doreen Edwards-Hulley. Doreen has died a few years ago and Harold (just saw today) is in a nursing home in Harrogate. He has forgotten most of everything. He does remember dancing. I had lived next to him in 92-93 when he lived outside of Harrogate in Clint Banks. He was a lovely man and still is. Very charming.
What a lovely surprise to know Mr Hulley is still alive, but sadly Mrs H has passed away.
I worked for them whilst at Rossett high school at weekends and holidays both in the furniture store and the dance school in the arcade and the odd occasion in the olde antique shoppe in commercial road.
It was a BLAST.....Mr H always fooling about and Mrs H telling us off...
Sundays I would cut the grass at their lovely home and Mrs H would do a fantastic sunday roast. WHAT MEMORIES..MR H TAUGHT ME HOW TO TIE A TIE CORRECTLY THE WINDSOR KNOT....
I worked as the catering manager between 1979 to 1981. General manager was John Bottomley, DJ was Pete Smith. Love to hear from any other staff around this time...
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I was a pupil with Harold Hulley when he took over the Harrogate School of dancing. It must have been about 1976. I used to help out on a Saturday at his used furniture store, helped with deliveries during the week and looked after it when he went ... Read More
I was a pupil with Harold Hulley when he took over the Harrogate School of dancing. It must have been about 1976. I used to help out on a Saturday at his used furniture store, helped with deliveries during the week and looked after it when he went away on holiday. He and Doreen used to bring me back Lladro and Paco Rabanne. Also helped Doreen in the Little Shoppe on Commercial Street when the VAT changed. Best friends.