The Celebrity Club, Dale Street (Manchester CBD)

The Celebrity Club was at 56 Dale Street, Manchester 1 and opened on Friday, November 29 to Saturday, November 30, 1968 from 9pm to 2am.
 
This club had been called Le Petite.
 
Advertised in The Evening News and Chronicle of Friday, November 29, 1968 as

Celebrity Club (late Le Petite) 56 Dale Street, Manchester. Tel CEN 5537. Grand Opening 9 pm until 2am and the Western Bar 7 pm until 12 midnight. Tonight, November 29, 1968. Running Buffet, Full Cabaret. Application for membership now being excepted. Christmas Bookings now available.
 
The Celebrity Club later became Foo Foo's Place (1975 - 2002). The Celebrity Club was brought by British drag queen, flamboyant entertainer and night club owner Frank 'Foo Foo' Lamarr (b. Francis Joseph Pearson, Monday, March 22, 1937, Ancoats, Manchester 4, Lancashire, England d. Friday, November 7, 2003, Christie Hospital, Withington, Manchester 20, Lancashire, England of cancer). 
 
Pearson (Lamarr) a handy boxer in his teens was one of five brothers and the son of an Ancoats, Manchester rag-and-bone man, left school at 15 and begin singing in clubs as Foo Foo Lamarr at night, while holding down a day job as a general manager of a waste paper recycling plant. He borrowed his stage name from Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr and had originally found drag at 20 in 1957. He claimed to have warn his first dress as in a sketch at a Christmas party for mill girls.
 
In 1971 Lamarr brought his first club The Picador, Newgate Street off Bradshaw Street off Shudehill, Manchester 4 and then The Celebrity which he renamed Foo Foo's Place which opened in 1975.
 
John H. Warburg 3 July 2022
 

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