I went to the Wednesday Night Discos around 1968 /1969.
Aimed at those not yet old enough to get into other Clubs, the Bower Club was hugely popular with local 15 - 18 year old’s and for many, like me, it was a great opportunity to enjoy a cheap, mid-week Disco session.
The club played a lot bubblegum music (popular in the late 60s) with a big chunk of Motown, Soul and Reggae and thrown in.
I can remember a DJ (I think he was called Bill) who used to regularly play Otis Redding’s “Amen” at the end of the night, which everybody sang along to.
Memorable records include: - Crazy Elephant - Gimme Good Lovin, Desmond Dekker and the Aces - Israelites and Edwin Starr - 25 miles.
The Bower Club nurtured my desire to be a DJ and having won one of their DJ competitions, I managed to blag my way into a DJ slot on Sunday nights at the Mecca Birdcage in Ashton and later set up my own Mobile Disco, which ran until the early 80s.
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The under 18s discos were still running well into the 70s> I used to go every Wednesday from 1973. Our DJ's were Pip & Dave Parker & Pete (I think)they were my 1st introduction to Northern Soul & learning how to do the dancing. Great times, always busy fun nights (wasn't a lot else to do in Stalybridge!) We also used to go to Hiccups in Dukinfield (used to be The Moon) to the under 18s disco there on a Monday. It must have been a quick turn round because they still had bits of moonscape dotted about. The Bower Club disco ran until about 1975 when the club closed down, it opened a few months later as the Music Machine & they had an under 18s disco but it was never the same. I think it closed down permanently after that until someone else bought it and it became Grays Night Club in the early 80s.
Hi sharon Grays was run from 1979 till 1990 and for six years there I was the DJ. We had some great nights as well with a great crowd and Wednesday nights was ladies night witb billy hotrocks..... REMEMBER IT WITH REAL FONDNESS cheers john medhurst
Is this the John Medhurst who moved from down south to Manchester to become a real Englishman. The same guy we met in Ibeza when the SIDS crew all went for a holiday of a lifetime? That John Medhurst ?
Hi John Medhurst, were you from Orpington originally, I came up one weekend to see you, many years ago, I lived in Orpington at the time with my parents, probably would not remember me I was very shy in those days, hope you are well, Karen Godfrey