The Gainsborough Club

The club was built under a railway line into Manchester. The acts were often interrupted by the rumbling and vibrations of the trains going overhead.

All the bands from around the Manchester area appeared there. Derek Johns the manager and compere was a family friend and I sometimes helped out on the bar.

I remember the first time I went in the club, part way through the entertainment there was a loud screeching of chairs being push back. My mother said Paul Daniels is on next, nobody likes him so we all go to the bar or play roulette. It doesn't seem to have done millionaire Paul Daniels any harm and it probably pushed Derek's takings up. Unfortunately Derek died some years ago.  

Picture above shows from the right: my mother Hilda, Derek Johns, my mother's friends Joyce and Pat and the doorman.

Linda Gorton

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Topic: The Gainsborough
Paul webmaster says...
Thanks Linda - adding to the site is much appreciated.
8th April 2014 8:43pm
Graham Lysons says...
I used to live in the street opposite the Gainsborough Club which was called Higham View then. The pub on the other side of the road to the club was the Priory Arms and it is still there. I was told the club building used to be Salford Grammar ... Read More
10th April 2014 1:31am
Ray O'Connor says...
The Gainy was a great cabaret club. Derek Johns was a fabulous compere and singer in the Sinatra mould and was backed by the Syd Abrams Trio - superb piano ,base and drums outfit who could play anything, back the turns and entertain between acts . ... Read More
23rd June 2014 5:12am

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