The Kingfisher 25a Warren St, Andrew Square, Stockport
May 30th 1963
The Kingfisher was situated upstairs in a building behind a pub called the Kings Head.
I think it is now a shop selling furniture, and it was at the crossroads opposite Asda supermarket. I first knew it as the Koquette Club.
I was probably about 16 when I used to go (1962). After a while, it changed names to the Kingfisher, and used to see all the up and coming groups there. I frequented all the local clubs at this time in my life, Manor Lounge, Kings Hall, Stockport Town Hall, Adswood Youth Cclub, etc etc, depending where my favourites were playing. There was plenty to chose from, so eventually I stopped going, prefering other clubs.
Another change of name later on seemed a bit ironic. Tthe name was, Blazes. Guess what? It burned down! The building was pulled down a long time ago, and I'm not sure if it has been built on yet.
I now live in Spain and only visit Stockport occasionly, so I'm not very up to date with things.
The Kingfisher Club in Stockport was previously called the KoQuete Club which was above a car show room in Andrews Square. The Hollies played there. The floor used to vibrate when you were dancing and loud music was played.
nother buzzing place in the late sixties was the Enchanted Castle (The George Hotel) Mersey Square amd another hang out was Joe's Cafe Romiley plus St Albans Church Disco, Offerton.
Went to the Kingfisher regularly. Bands I recall playing there - Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Pete Mclaine & the Clan & Dave Berry & the Cruisers.
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I first entered the Kingfisher Club in the early sixties to meet a friend, who didn't turn up. May, who ran the club for Reg Pickstock, asked me if I wanted a job there. I worked there, and occasionally at the Manor Lounge, for a couple of years. My friend Pat and I served drinks at the bar and looked after the handbags, Lorraine did the cloakroom, Paddy O'Shea was the doorman, the DJ's were the two Daves. Many groups played at the Kingfisher before they became famous; The Merseybeats, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Freddy and the Dreamers, too many to mention. What a great place to spend my teenage years. Thanks to Reg and all who worked there.