St Crispins
Platt Lane, Rusholme

OK, not one of your major gigs but round about 1963/4 it was a major night out for me.

I can remember seeing The Focal Points there and The Dyleks - which had Alan Young in, older brother of Rob Young from The Focal Points - plus The Mitres, I think, who had something to do with Mitrex gear. Thats stretching the memory a little. I did see other bands but unsure who.

I will always remember my first visit there. As I queued up to pay by entrance fee, I saw a bit of a poster on the desk and spied "under 13...". Not being too worldly, I thought it was half price for under 13's.

As I got to the desk, I was asked how old I was, replying boldly "12" - a lie that I thought might save me 6d. Sadly I was refused admission as the sign stated "Under 13 not admitted".

A lesson I learnt the hard way.


Went to St Crispins in the late 50s.  It was a youth club, the first place we met up as teenagers, we played table tennis and listened to pop music on an old record player.

It was only opened on sunday night. We actually met girls - it was the highlight of the week. Happy days.

Peter Byrne

St Crispins in 2004
Photo courtesy Graham Pilkington

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Topic: St Crispins
Paul webmaster says...
Just added a new pic of St Crispins, Rusholme.
26th December 2015 6:20pm
john edwards says...
its gone now paul ??pulled down an houses built on it .our past bulldozed away
29th December 2015 4:46am
Paul webmaster says...
Thanks John - a pity, as it really was the start in music for me. On reflection, not a great piece of architecture but a shame, nevertheless.

Thanks for the update.
29th December 2015 9:41am
Pete Olsen says...
That's a pretty old photo - it got a roof in latter years, and is now gone. Played some of my first gigs there in the 60s, some of which were near riots. I lived about 100 yards away on Lloyd St. That was where I got to know Norman Beaker when ... Read More
24th July 2017 11:07pm
Paul webmaster says...
Hi Pete - what group was this? If nt on the site, is there anything you can add to the site?
26th July 2017 10:52pm

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