The Tabernacle
Hillgate, Stockport
(later Sgt Peppers)

Never heard antone mention Jimmy Cohen who used to DJ at the Tabernacle Club Stockport. He played a lot of what we now term as northern soul.

I remember going with him some mates and Jimmy Cliff, after his act, to the Capriccio Cafe in Stockport for a coffee then on the Jimmys flat in Heaton Moor to listen to records.Whatever happened to Jimmy? 

Bernard Roberts

Went there from 67' to its change to Sgt Peppers, which completely ruined the place. Saw Edwin starr there, Pyramids, Jimmy Ruffin to name a few. Loved the place, My intro to the soul scene and still with it. Only sold soft drinks so people used to go out to the pubs on Hillgate.

Love to know what happened to all the people that used to go there.

Paul Blackburn

I used to go to the Tabernacle and also The Sinking Ship (further down Lower Hillgate, down a ginnel opposite Winter's jewellers) in 66/67 prior to joining the RAF.

I can't ever remember seeing any live acts on there, just a DJ playing records and have vivid memories of a girl taking over the dancefloor to 'Your Love Has Lifted Me Higher'.

The Sinking Ship also only sold soft drinks and I coincidentally ended up marrying the young girl (Marcia Connell)who sold the said drinks! The Ship unfortunately 'burnt down' in 67. Marcia can remember Jimi Hendrix playing there! His guitar was taller than she was at 4' 11".

Ian Mac Gilvery


I remember seeing The Love Affair and Amen Corner there in 1967

Christine Condon

As a student at Moseley Hall Grammar School in Cheadl e a whole group of us used to go to The Tabernacle and drink in th epubs on Hillgate and Higher Hillgate. I recall seeing Pink Floyd there in April 1967, Amen Corner, Small Faces, Hendrix, Jimmy Cliff and lots of others.

Sid Rose

I used to go to the Tab. every weekend and on a Wednesday too I think.Also the Cappricio cafe for Russian tea ( oh so sophisticated !). We used to go regularily to the Bamboo in Hazel Grove too.

My friends were Lynn Beswick, Lesley Wilkinson,Carol Taylor .We also hung about with Mavis Bek and her two friends.

Sometimies at the weekend we would go into town to Takis or Sloopys. Saw so many bands at the Tabernacle I've probably forgotton half of them. It was great because not licensed we could get away with being 16 although we were only just 14.

I remember Jimmy Cliff being on all the time (and they were great nights ) and Long John Baldry.I'm sure people don't believe we saw bands like Pink Floyd , Jimmy Handrix, Rod Stewart with the Faces etc. for 5s and 2s6d in the week(or was it 2s6d at weekends and 2s in the week).

The first time we went the Nashville Teens were playing. I remember the light show with Pink Floyd and came out feeling a bit peculiar.We used to stick individual eyelashes on and paint in the bottom level and one night we pe'd heard Vaseline would make your eyelashes shimmer ,however dancing in that heat all night we went to the loo to see ourselves looking like a pair of pandas- our street cred. down the tube ! Also those ultra violet lights that showed up every speck of dust and all your freckles weren't too flattering.I used to leave at the very last minute and fly over St Thomas' rec. in the pitch dark to stay just a few minutes longer . What great times - what a great place !

Irene Taylor

I used to go to the Tabernacle Club from 1967.  I remember seeing Hendrix, Cat Stevens, Amen Corner and many more.  I can remember the leatherette seating on the left as you went in and then further on a large space for dancing.  My mum used to work for a company on Canal Street, which was just round the corner and she regularly got someone's autograph for me if she spotted anyone leaving Strawberry Studios.

One day she was admiring a car parked outside when someone said "what do you think love".  When she looked round she recognised Bernard Manning.  He offered to take her for a spin but she didn't have time as she was on her dinner break. 

Used to go to the Caprice and drink the tea with lemon served in glasses. 

Lots of memories, standing in the record booths in Neil and Hardy's on a Saturday deciding which 45 or EP to buy.  Recording Pick of the Pops on my record player every Sunday afternoon.

Incidentally I have a photo of my mum and dad on their wedding day - taken outside the Tabernacle but when it used to be a church.  

Jan Garvey

Does anybody know of a guy called "Len" that use to frequent The Tabernacle in late 1960's???
Would like to get back in touch.

Debbie Blackburn

I used to go to Tabernacle - saw Small Faces there.  Does any one remember the Manor Lounge near Blossoms pub  - had some great nights there too - saw Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick and Tich there. 

Victoria Rayson

I went to the Tabernacle many times and saw some amazing bands.  Pink Floyd with their white sheets and oil slide projections (how things have changed!), The Jimmy Hendrix Experience, Jimmy Cliff, Cat Stevens, Amen Corner, The Faces, Julie Driscoll & the Brian Auger Trinity ('Wheels on Fire' is the Ab Fab theme), The Purple Gang and many more. 

My best memory is standing talking to Jimmy Hendrix and asking him where he got his 'military jacket' from (old Hussar type jacket) and he said 'Moss Brothers' which we all though was funny at the time.  He gave me a signed copy of 'Hey Joe' on which he wrote "walk both ways while taking a trip" and "dig the sounds". 

Great memories!

Paul Quin

People I saw at the Tabernacle - Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Cliff (several times), the woman dancer from Ready, Steady, Go (the guys should remember that night!).

Jimmy Cliff used to do break dancing moves.

Jan Burke (was Janet Eaton)

Acts that appeared at the Tab included

Friday, 27 January 1967: The Small Faces
Sunday, March 12, 1967: The Smoke
Friday, March 17, 1967: The Cryin' Shames
Sunday, March 19, 1967: The Koobas
Friday, March 24, 1967: The Family, plus The Powerhouse 
Saturday, March 25, 1967: The Nashville Teens
Sunday: March 26, 1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, billed as Jimmi Hendrix 
Easter Monday: March 27, 1967: Amen Corner 
Friday, April 28, 1967: Pink Floyd
Sunday, May 28, 1967: The Jeff Beck Group
Friday, July 7, 1967: Family
Friday, July 21, 1967: The Easybeats
Sunday, September 3, 1967: The Jeff Beck Group
Sunday, October 15, 1967: The Herd
Sunday, February 4, 1968: Plastic Penny

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Bernard Roberts
For information all you ex Tabernacle club goers you can see a short vid on You Tube with pics of Tab members etc just search for " The Day The Tab Was Fab" a book about the Tabernacle club, bands that played there, members memories etc is available called The Day The Tab Was Fab and by Bernard Roberts email for details.
8th October 2016 5:54pm
I have a copy of Berny's book about the Tab and can recommend it to all ex-Tabbers. Has lots of photos of people who went, lists of performers, and many stories and interesting shared memories.
10th October 2016 2:55pm
I have contributed to this site and would like to share that The Tabernacle Club now has a group on Facebook. Anyone who ever went can share pics, memories etc.
21st January 2015 3:19am
I am doing some research (for my own satisfaction, as well as others I hope). Could you please contact me and if available have a meeting some time to compare notes.
Best regards
Phil (aka Bomber)
23rd January 2015 1:10am
Phil (bomber) I have started a Stockport Tabernacle group on Facebook if you want to get in touch with me via the group. Cheers Berny
16th April 2015 5:14pm
val roberts
Hi Bernard I went to the tabernacle from 67 to changing to Sgt peppers. Had some very happy times there. Does anyone remember Billy Qt he also djd there went on to model shirts. Things you remember. That ace was also my first taste of what is now known as northern soul loved it then love it now .KTF
15th April 2015 7:48pm
Val I have started a Facebook page called The stockport Tabernacle club. have 73 ex Tabernacle club members sharing their memories...Contact me via the group. Cheers berny
16th April 2015 5:18pm
Phil lancaster aka Bomber
I went to the Tab from 1967 until it changed to Sgt. Peppers. The girl that danced to higher and higher was Pat Case she was in Mavis Bek's class at school, the year below me. Unfortunately I saw all said bands but through the bottom of a glass (I came from a family of big drinking army types who got me involved with alcohol too young). Any one remember the Johnny Otis Review Show? The main singer went on to lead either the Dramatics or the Delfonics (seen both but cannot remember which he joined). The backing singers who also had a main spot were three girls called the Three Degree. Don't know if they had the same line up as the later group. If anyone remembers me I was always mentioned by Jimmy Cliff as his number one fan, he even signed my copy of King of Kings (on the black and silver London label ( for all you record collectors)
I was weaned off the drink when I started spreading my wings to the Wheel, Blue Note, Catacombs etc.

Regards Bomber
27th August 2014 2:42am
Pat Goulden nee Case
SmileWe had some great times and saw some great acts I can still dance to higher and higher, but the knees are not as good still see Mavis those were the days.
7th December 2016 1:50pm
Bernard roberts
Pat why not join our Facebook group. The Stockport Tabernacle club there are about 170ish members now and there is some good chatting and memory sharing going on. Bernard
7th December 2016 5:03pm
Kevin Sibley
I went to Capriccio cafe in 70 but does anyone remember the Stockport scooter squad, we met there for coffee?
14th August 2014 5:26am
Donald Campbell
Do you remember Dave Gill. Harold .Denis Meikle.
Fred Meikle.Denis Johnson.and many more
Donald Campbell
20th March 2015 6:37am
Kaye Penny
Yes Donald, I remember the brothers Fred and Dennis Meikle very well. Are they still around? You're welcome to join the Facebook Tabernacle Club Group if you're not already a member.
24th May 2016 10:43pm
Donald Campbell
Yes Denis and Fred are still around out with them every Friday night
26th May 2016 4:18am
Wow, I've looked for them both on Facebook but to no avail. Ask them if they remember Kaye & Gail from the Tab and say "Hi" to them from me. Happy memories. Bernard and I have started a Tab Facebook Group. Why don't you ex-Tabbers (including Fred and Dennis of course) jon us? You should find us here (hope I've typed that right, this website won't let me copy and paste).
26th May 2016 9:05pm
Donald Campbell
Hi Kaye
How do I become a member so that I can put some old pics on Also to put Denis & Fred on as members
4th June 2016 7:58pm
Hi Donald, First of all the three of you will have to be Facebook members, which is pretty easy to sign up to. Then visit the link I posted before and click "Join". Your request to join will be notified to me so I'll accept you and then you're in the group and you can post pics, messages, etc.
4th June 2016 9:47pm
Many of the said scooter squad used to gather next door to where we lived in Offerton. The Name of our neighbour was Bob Moran. Do you remember him, Kevin?
20th April 2016 12:14am
If it is the same Bob Moran. He was a member of Manchester Lyons .
20th April 2016 7:20am
Kaye Penny
I remember The Tabernacle, the Sinking Ship, the Manor Lounge and the Bamboo, but the best was the Tab. We went every week and saw all the above groups and more for a couple of bob each and stood about 2 feet away whilst they performed in front of maybe 100 people. No licence so could easily get in when aged only 14 or so - if the were old enough to drink alcohol you just got a pass out and went to one of the many pubs on Hillgate. Some of the best days of my life without doubt.

I notice a post from Bernard Roberts, is that Bernard Spencer Roberts? You may remember me if it is!! How are you. Love to hear from anyone who remembers me.
14th May 2014 9:54pm
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