The Masque Coffee bar
Manchester Road, Rochdale

My main Coffee Bar was the Masque on Manchester Road.

It only had about three live groups played there but thousands of Rochdale and out of towners like me, Whitwoth, loved the place.

It was Run by Renne Carr and her daughter Pat. Her son Michael Carr was killed in a terrible accident with two friends in 1968. The coffee bar had a Scooter room with a tv sitting room, with a coffee come burger bar, oop's and coke, a back room for dancing and a juke box in each room.

We loved it. Happy Days!

Margaret Banham nee Earnshaw

I remember the Masque. It was a small but lively place to go. We danced in the back room to LULU and the Pinball Machine. It was alway's full of happy teenagers.

I had many friends there. It was a very old building but very clean. The Cheese burgers....mmm! I remember those. I also remember walking out of the Masque on a Saturday afternoon, to be blinded by the sunshine. It has brought back some happy memories.

Sarah Harris

Any one know if the Carr family also ran a Masque coffee bar in Stockport before (or concurrent with)
the one in Rochdale...probably around 64-66? It was an amazing funky little dive, probably illegal (from the town council's view). Same set-up: coffee, coke, jukebox, steak pies, crisps, etc..

Off Mersey Square, behind that massive viaduct thing in the town center, around where the bus station is nowadays? You had to step down a slippery, unpaved dirt path to get to it..half way down the embankment of that smelly, flea-infested old river! It was quite dangerous, really, to go down there...which, of course, made it all the more thrilling for truant teens like myself...

Anyone remember what I'm talking about? No one I know from my Stockport days knows what I'm on about, but I know I'm not completely mad..this place existed, if only for a short while, I certainly didn't dream it all up!!

Anyone know if Mrs Carr or Pat Carr are still around...or their extended family...who might know of this? Any kind soul out there who could help me reach either of them by phone or e-m for 2 reasons: a research project and to vindicate personal madness! haha!

Brendan "MadScot" Mullen (but not really THAT mad)

Yes, I used to go to The Masque in Brinksway, Stockport. Mike used to run it before opening The Sinking Ship.
Great music at both clubs. Everytime I hear 'My Generation' by The Who I remember The Masque days.
The club was just an old converted 'two up - two down' terraced house by the River Mersey. Brilliant meeting place....happy memories.

Hazel Dressekie

Oh what memories of the Masque in Rochdale.  Stumbled across this site by chance whilst  working on nights!  Lots of friends down there, Diane bell, Karen Bond, Richard Day, Ian, Rob, Dave  can't remember all thier names now, well it is 40 odd years agao.  Went back to Rochdale this year (live in New Zealand now) and the place had changed so much and the  Masque is long gone.  Innocent  pleasures on a satuday afternoon and when I was  allowed out during the week....Parental control was everything then! Skirts hitched up to our armpits and putting make-up on  on the bus into town. Remember the "Black Cat Bones"?  Oh happy days!!

June Blackstone (was)

Michael Carr who owned the Masque in Rochdale was my fiance.  He also ran the Medici in Drake Street, the Three Cellars in Milnrow and The Tender Trap in Bacup.  In 1965 he opened the Masque in Brinksway, Stockport then went on to open the Sinking Ship in Undergate, Stockport.  In 1965 there was a massive fire at The Ship - everyone escaped unhurt but the club then closed.  He had many great groups on there including the Jimi Hendrix Experience amongst others.  Sadly, Michael was killed in a car accident in March 1968 just 3 months before our wedding, but left his mark on the lives of many people.  Good times, great memories.

Brenda-Marie Costello (was Whittam)

Following my previous note re The Sinking Ship in Stockport, non licenced for alcohol.  Michael Carr used to manage a group "The Four Just Men" from Liverpool, who later changed their name to "Wimple Winch".  When the club burnt down in 1967 some members of Wimple Winch were involved in the fire namely Demetrious Christopholus and Larry Arends.  Michael also had a partner at The Ship - Dave Robinson, who had lost a leg in a car accident.

Brenda-Marie Costello (was Whittam)

Those were the days in the Masque.Chris, Margaret & myself dancing away to The New Edition, having laughs with the whitworth gang eh Margaret Earnshaw. Always busy and only sold coffee & soft drinks.

Ghislaine Glover

I used to go to the Masque in Brinksway, I lived on Brinksway next to the old cinema.  On several occasions we went to Rochdale on scooters once getting into quite a fight with the local mods. The lad on the door at Brinksway, I think he was called Dave, had an MG which the scooter gang lifted over the broken wall of one of the old houses round the back, of course he couldn't drive it out of the doorway.  Going to the toilet at the Brinksway Masque was quite an experience, you had to be there, Happy Days.   

Margaret Allbright formally Wright


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Margaret Banham Nee Earnshaw
Hello if anyone is interested there is a Masque group on Face Book with photo's of Rene Pat and Mike, xx
18th October 2015 1:23am
Gerard Brogan
I worked in the Medici, The three Cellars and the Masque. My job was to ask each member to buy a drink and I served them coca cola,fanta or coffee.We had a great membership and the places were a focal point for all the young people around at that time. The three Cellars in Newhey also featured live bands which was unheard of in the early 60s. Rene Carr was very close to me as was her family Mike, tragically killed at an early age and Pat her daughter whom I looked at as a sister. The Carr family brought the Merseybeat to Rochdale and I for one will never forget those days. I met so many people during my time with them, people I no longer know there whereabouts but at that time were such an important part of my life. I no longer live in rochdale and the town is nothing like I remembered it then.If anyone from those days remember me then I wish them all the very best and hope their memories are as good and sustaining as mine. As a footnote to the Carr Family,Mike was a total hero to ... Read More
5th July 2015 8:33pm
Iain Heap
Just came across this page whilst reminiscing Scared
I went to Rochdale Tech so I used to go to the Medici at lunch time (I was only 12 at the time) and then graduated to the Masque for the rest of my time at school, I was always there, some good memories.
I remember you very well, my nickname was Perce (real name Iain Heap) one of the first with long-ish hair. I think I spent more time there than in school.
Hope you are still well as your last post was in 2015 !!!!
Hi to anyone else that remembers me.
25th March 2017 3:06am
Iain Heap
Just came across this page whilst reminiscing Scared
I went to Rochdale Tech so I used to go to the Medici at lunch time (I was only 12 at the time) and then graduated to the Masque for the rest of my time at school, I was always there, some good memories.
I remember you very well, my nickname was Perce (real name Iain Heap) one of the first with long-ish hair. I think I spent more time there than in school.
Hope you are still well as your last post was in 2015 !!!!
Hi to anyone else that remembers me.
25th March 2017 3:09am
John Wood
I used to hang out at the Masque and seem to remember the Carr family lived above a club in Milnrow, I went back there a few times. I also remember coming back from a party in the boot of a Ford Cortina, think it was Mikes, there were 10 of us in the car! I can't remember many names from that time only Ann-Marie Gee! I wonder why that isBlush
12th February 2015 12:31am
John Wood
I've remembered some more!One of the regulars at the masque, think he was called "Bo" was a great artist and used to sit drawing, I remember he did a portrait of Brian Jones that was unbelievably good.Two other girls, who frequented the Masque, I recall, but I'm ashamed to say can't remember their names, but I can't remember a lot of things these days! One lived off Bury road overlooking Roach Valley Way, the other girl used to live by Bamford, I used to walk home regularly with her as I used to live by the cemetery on Bury Road.I had just moved up to Rochdale from Southend-on-sea so I think I would have been the only Masque attendee with a southern accent, if that helps anybody remember me.
25th February 2015 11:30pm
John Clarke
Hi John, I've fond memories of Ann Marie Gee also. I believe she went into nursing.
4th March 2015 10:20am
Alan Jackson
Not sure about the Cortina Mike had a Cadilac converible for a time there was a group of us used to go in it to a pub near Hebden Bridge called the shoulder of mutton. Mike late on got a TR4 in which he was killed the car overturned in the accident
14th March 2015 10:15am
Alan Jackson
Not sure about them living in Milnrow Reni and Pat lived at the bottom of Dewhurst Rd Skye Rochdale
14th March 2015 10:18am
Michele Wigglesworth
I remember the Medici/Tender Trap/The Three Cellars at Milnrow and the Masque - helped make the silver masques which gave the club it's name. Pat Carr was a friend and I have a lovely picture of her.
Great atmosphere in the club - the Medici was frequented by Diddy David Hamilton, and I met Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders at one of their clubs - great times. What happened to Pat and her mum?
8th July 2014 7:22am
Margaret Banham Nee Earnshaw
Hello To Michael Wigglesworth, We would love to see your photo of Pat Carr, we have a group "the Masque" on Facebook Thank you xx
9th March 2016 1:05am
Michele Wigglesworth
My name is Michele not Michael and the picture of me and Pat Carr is already on Facebook on the Masque Forum
9th March 2016 2:04am
Bernie Long
Great days, lovely to hear from Margret Albright,she was there from the start,complete with her little 3 wheeler, Paul Roggers, Dave Mullen, Dink, Jim Collins,Graham Mc Knight, Terry Burns,(Bedford Van)myself inc, would bomb around on our Chromed Up Lambrettas, complete with tank aerials and compulsory Parkas.
Mike was a legend,and such a nice guy we used go regularly to his mums Rene at Rochdale Masque, then onto The Wheel in both Manchester and yes Blackpool, Heaven + Helll (what a place) The Ship never really was an easy one for Scooters, The police made sure of that, the 60s what a place of time what wonderful memories,they say if you remembered it all "you weren't there!"
PS where the hell is Robin + Carroll Dawson.
18th March 2014 8:20pm
paul rogers
Bernie Long, how are you. Long time no see. We live in Australia now. Going to Stockport for a holiday in July/Aug. In touch with John Depledge, Kellogs, Dave Mullen and Arthur Sellors, would love a reunion, trying to find Graham Ryder, Bernie Harrison, Dink, Jim Collins etc, would be an amazing trip down memory lane, what do you think?
19th June 2014 10:22am

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