Bower Club
Mottram Road, Stalybridge

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.

Happy Days!

Dave Jones

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Topic: Bower Club, Stalybridge
Sharon Horan says...
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. ... Read More
28th January 2015 3:32am
John medhurst says...
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
3rd February 2016 2:04am
Mike Hammond says...
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 ?
15th July 2016 12:08am
John medhurst says...
Alive and kicking Mike living in Ireland how are you cheers john
26th August 2016 6:35am
Mike Hammond (Brackenhurst South Africa) says...
Hi John, Sorry pal but I've only just seen your reply from over a year ago. All is well with us in deepest, darkest Africa. I was just checking to see if anyone had put anything on re SIDS but it seems to have been forgotten. Was over last year ... Read More
20th November 2017 7:23pm
karen Godfrey says...
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
14th September 2016 10:25am
john medhurst says...
Hi Karen I was from Orpington l am sorry don't remember your visit hope your well cheers
22nd May 2017 5:31am
Kev Hall says...
Hey Johny boy hope you are still swinging them clubs on the course and on the decks great memories at SIDS Grays and of course on the course you are a top man John god bless you
11th November 2017 9:19am

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