The Domino
Grey Mare Lane, Openshaw

Who remembers the Domino Club on Grey Mare Lane? Some fantastic acts on there including James Brown and 'Little' Stevie Wonder. The Hollies were always on as were Syd and Eddie (Little and Large).

Great club and some great memories. 

Pat Young

Advertised Sat, 19 Aug 1967


Forgot the main club I used for quite a while  - The Domino Club on Grey Mare Lane, Beswick.  Just out of town but they had plenty of stars on. A lot went on to Opportunity Knocks such as Ken Goodwin, Bernard Manning, Tony Holland "Mr Mucle", Danny and the Dominators, Freddie and the Dreamers, Dave Plumb and the Stones, even Joseph Lock.

Jim Mason

These gigs are from the Manchester Evening News:

  • Edwin Starr backed by Sol Byron and Senate Showband on 14 October 1966. They then went on to the Princess Club in Chorlton. Starr was on the Ike & Tina Turner tour.
  • The Vibrations (plus 7 great acts, one of which I think was The Noblemen with Martin Barre on guitar pre-Jethro Tull). After this show, straight to Princess Club, Chorlton.
  • The Coasters (with The Noblemen featuring Martin Barre on guitar) on 20 November 1966. Straight on to Princess Club in Chorlton.
  • Ben E King - 18 November 1966

Nick Warburton

Yes - hired a coach from Halifax for my 21st, Sid and Eddie were on. They also had a little monkey that you could have your photo taken with, Happy days.

Daphne Murphy

Just come across this after talking about the Domino Club at work yesterday. I well remember Bill Hayley and the Comets in one of there comeback gigs. Who remembers the 'supper tickets' that you had to buy to get a drink after the normal pub closing hours. Bloody robbery.


Tommy Hardy was the dj - all top bands comedy acts and the great Freddy Starr and the Delmontss before he were known with his worn down stack shoes with turned up wincklepickers.

Great club, great nights.  Met my 1st husband there and dragged him along anywhere Billy Fury was playing.

Kids today missed a wonderful era xxx


Worked at The Domino from my 18th birthday till I was about 22. My pitch was the first one on the left as you go down the steps(on the left) facing the stage. Next to 'Uncle Ted Smalley, who went on to the club in Stockport (was it called the "poco-a-poco"?)

My brother Derek had the pitch alongside till he left, then it was taken over by Noel. Above me on the rail was Butch.   I met my wife there about 1965. Still together,now living in New Zealand,since 1974. The only big names that I don't recall seeing were the Beatles and the Stones. The "Old Man",MrMoss, did'nt want another night like the night Freddie & The Dreamers were on.Everyone thought there was going to be a riot,but it passed off OK. Anyone remember me (Ken Hartley) or my wife Maureen,or you just want to reminisce drop me an email

Ken Hartley

One night in late 60s we saw a band called The Government.Brilliant singer, David Coverdale, who later joined Deep Purple.


I remember passing the Domino Club on the 53 bus on my way home from work 1969/70 and there was a group playing there called Johnny Ball and the Four Skins ,I couldn't stop laughing I was only 16/17 so still had a schoolboy humour, the rest of the passengers didn't seem so amused.

Paul Hopkinson

I remember this club whilst growing up on Whitworth Street facing the Technical College.  I was too young to visit but always remember the famous names appearing like The Drifters. Used to walk passed the place on way to Grey Mare Lane Market to buy the latest Beatle single with my cousin Carl!

reat photographs that really brought the memories flooding back.  Keep it up !

Graham Robinson

Saw Lulu at the Domino, pretty sure it was 1966

Colin Wood

My parents met here, my late father Bill Waterhouse was a waiter here, with another man called Roland Marks ( whom would later become his best man). It would have been around 1959/ 1960, my dad was former Royal Navy, originally from Portsmouth, he was a real character and sadly missed, ( like so many of his era he could have done stand up comedy,) he was so observational, a very funny man,with a life experience from sailing  the world!

He went on to work for Dougie Flood  for many years at his clubs; The Broadway, Northern, Blighty's, Tramtracks, and Sinatra's. He had started at 'The Old Loom' on Moston Lane working for Dougies Mum!

Dougie Flood once came to my Dads house in Chadderton in a Mini Moke, and let us (me and my younger sister)  sit in the back whilst he chatted with Dad!

Great days !

David Waterhouse

I remember the resident trio The Jeff Set with a great sax. Also saw The Move singing Flowers in the rain, late 60s I think.

My sister worked in the cloak room, her now husband waited on tables.

John Holmes

Before it was the Domino Club, it was the Princess Picture House.

I lived 5 mins round the corner in Marthe Street.  The shop next door was Quarmby's sweet shop and behind it was the Travelers Caravan Park.

I remember when it closed down.  I was not old enough to drink but my brother John went nearly every night "tart hunting" as he called it.

I amg George Brown. If any one remembers me, get in touch. I live in Blackpool but remember happy days in Bradford.

George Brown

This picture brought back many memories as I lived in Gill St. (Graham St) which was situated behind the Princes Picture House (Domino Club). I have a recollection of massive fire at the Princes - probably c 1948(?)

Alan Davies

I went to the club in 1958 onwards. I also worked on the conversion from a cinema to the great club it was. I live in alice street just down the road.

Ronny Moss was the owner he started a Sunday football team which my mate and I were players.

The Domino was really a great place to be on a weekend top bands good beer and lovely girls.

Alan (pancho}Bramwell    

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Dave Roberts
My brother and I were at the Chuck Berry concert on 17/02/1967 and in the row behind us were most of the group Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, including Wayne himself and Eric Stewart. Eric was a friend of my brother and, on a couple of occasions, jammed in our parlour in Neden Street, Openshaw.
Eric went on to form the band 10cc
19th January 2017 9:26pm
Malcolm Barrett
Just talking to a couple who saw the Beatles at the Southern in 1963.Got me thinking about Domino days.Soon as i was 17/18 i went all weekend. Drifters. Ben E King in fact Status Quo backed him.sang pictures of matchstick men first. Saw Otis Redding 1969.half a crown. That was expensive .met my one and only 1969 married and still trying x. And now folks its Jackpot Time,and here he is Jack Pot.ha ha.said the compere who also sang a song called Domino.Magic Memories.
6th October 2016 12:12am
Mike Batty
Worked there many times,I was a magical act called Meldini and his doves,anyone remember.
19th September 2016 5:17am
Winston Marshall
The domino was my local. First we started off in the Victoria corner of Grey Mare Lane and Wellington street. also when I was on nights at the Steel Friday night I took my suit because we finished at 9 00 pm went straight there. I joined about 1961 courted my wife where. Seen Ben E King Chuck Berry all the big names great memories.
13th July 2016 7:44am
I lived 2 minutes walk away in Bartlett Street as a kid, Two of my uncles went there every week, I remember how smartly dressed they would be and my uncle Bernard spending twenty minutes to iron a shirt.
21st May 2016 10:04am
Joe Rosheski
I joined the Domino club in 1968 had some great times there,saw Lulu the Foundations the Hollies live there good memories.
15th February 2016 6:17pm
Don Levitt The Embers
The Embers i remember playing support to Screaming Jay Hawkins at the Domino or at Princess Theatre Club not sure which one remember his wife with her hair down to her ankles never seen hair so long before
Great memories Don Levitt The Embers.
24th January 2016 1:41am
I remember the Domino Club very well as I played there numerous times with "The Beatvendors"along with Syd & Eddie, Jimmy Tarbuck etc before they made it big on tv. We had to be there early to set up but couldn't go in until the alsation dogs that free roamed the club were put in kennels. I remember the clientel being a tough crowd to please, if they didn't like you they they made no secret of the fact. Great times though.
18th August 2015 9:40am
Leo Baxendale
I was an absolute regular at the club from 62 to 69, including Wednesday ' Stag nights', fantastic place. I recall many of the artists mentioned in previous comments. I would also add a liking for the one time resident band - Danny Lee and the Dominos - they were great (in my opinion). My favourites were Sid along with Eddie The Bonzos and Young Hutch.
15th May 2015 8:57pm
Danny Lee
Thanks for the good word Leo. Great nights at the Domino. The lads and I enjoyed every minute and made heaps of friends over the couple of years we featured as resident group. Sid and Eddie ... Loved 'em! Cheers, Danny
2nd April 2016 4:24pm
Don Levitt
The Embers in the 60's played there on quite a few time one stands out the most at The Domino we was waiting behind the curtains ready to perform when a girl came through the curtains and fell over the drums legs in the air this got a great laugh i bet there are a few people out there remember this well we do.
The other one that stands out is we was support band to Screaming Jay Hawkins when he was touring here from the USA.

His wife was very nice person with hair down to her ankles never seen hair as long as that. Great times the 60's great memories.
9th May 2015 7:26pm
Philip Lowe
I saw Mandy Rice Davies there.She made a spectacular ebtrance in tight shimmering silver dress and stood on stage looking down at the audience as if they were something smelly.A lad called Ronnie Thorns shouted out,'What's it like under the new government Mandy'.It brought the house down and he was thrown out.
4th January 2015 6:11am
Used to watch Ben E King seemed to always be on there in the early 60's, best club around till I found the Warren in Bredbury and Bredbury Hall, all great clubs and great nights out.
26th November 2014 7:50am
david whittle
Ive seen some of the greatest rock groups and singers over the years but two that stick in my mind were Dusty Springfield at Mr Smiths and Little Richard at the Domino Club . the Domino club was shaking with people standing on tables as Little Richard "rip it up" that night around 1963.
9th November 2014 3:07am
my friend at work tells me his dad worked the door. His claim to fame is that he had to escort max wall of stage back to his car after insulting the ordiance
12th October 2014 7:11pm
Joe Rosheski
Was a member of the Domino club around 1967.  Some some top bands there  - Foundations, Drifters, Hollies, etc.  Top act came on around 11pm. Good memories.
21st April 2014 11:50pm
Graham Wray
Love the poster for Domino. We were a support act when Bonzo Dog and Billy Fury were on. Got a Bonzo Dog leaflet thing and 2x Billy Fury autograph. Great nights. Great site.
8th April 2014 12:01am
H. Vincent
Dear Moderator, would you be so kind to forward this to the e-mail of Mr Graham Wray? Very much obliged. Dear Mr Graham Wray, I am a Dutch researcher and I'm currently preparing an essay with an overview of all the Bonzo Dog Band's and Vivian Stanshall's engagements and concerts in the UK. Having learned that the group played the Domino and Princess clubs several times so far I have only 1 confirmed date thus far. They must have played many more times. So my quest is for dates and venues in Manchester where the Bonzos played. I am very interested in your Bonzo Dog Band leaflet not for acquiring it from you, but to learn what it contents are so I can advance my research with this information. For instance a scan or a copy would be wonderful. In your case as having played as support during a Bonzo gig, I am very interested to learn your memories of the night. If this is possible please write me back. My email is: Best regards and thanks so far for your ... Read More
13th November 2015 10:09am
Brian Gibbs
I remember playing at The Domino Club with Graham Wray and The Answers. I also remember playing there with Dennis Shuttleworth who replaced Graham as bass guitarist in The Answers circa 1966. It was one of my favourite clubs as it was a big impressive club with a big atmosphere. I remember supporting Billy Fury, The Factotums and Bert Weedon amongst others. I thought The Factotums were superb with all their Fender gear and great Beach Boys harmonies and Bert Weedon let me have a go on his Guild Guitar, WOW!!
9th January 2016 8:36am
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