Welcome to Locarno Boy. We hope you enjoy our site.
We’ve been up and running for over 5 years now, so we thought it high time we paid tribute to the amazing Mecca Ltd banqueting teams.
So we’ve started off with events from the Mayfair Birmingham.
The first image is of Princess Ann stage side with the Joe Loss Orchestra at the Mayfair Birmingham. A fabulous night, but not an unusual one. Simply the Mayfair doing what it did best. First class hospitality, food and atmosphere, all under the guidance of exceptional management, chefs, entertainers and staff. Often the same management who sat beside the emerging bands of the day; Queen, Cream, The Faces, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Kinks, Black Sabbath, The Beatles – and the list goes on. But does anyone recognise the man in the Tuxedo second from the right??
The second image is again of the Mayfair Birmingham. The afternoon audience is made up of staff from the Coca Cola factory, being entertained by The New Seekers. A “thank-you” show for helping them reach number one in the charts with “I’d like to Teach the World to Sing”
The Mayfair Suites were located at Newcastle upon Tyne, Birmingham, Bristol and other key major cities, and doubled up as entertainment and dancing venues as bookings dictated. Locarno Ballrooms, and larger Tiffany’s also had dedicated catering facilities. High profile London Mecca dancing venues also had benefit of the organisations quality restaurants and staff.
The Locarnos were the flagship dancehalls of Mecca Ltd – where Managers trained in every aspect of ballroom/nightclub management from how to defuse conflict and manage security staff to overseeing dinner dances, stage presentation and much, much more. The key to it all being their own personality and style to find different ways each week to make their venue even more interesting.
Sir Alex Ferguson met his wife at Glasgow Locarno. Julie Walters danced at Birmingham Locarno, security was maintained at Bristol Locarno by Darth Vader (David Prowse) and we are told, Edinburgh Locarno by James Bond (Sean Connery)
The BBC televised “Come Dancing” from Mecca venues, while the Miss World competition showed Mecca flagship premises such as Hammersmith Palais, The Empire Leicester Square, and The Lyceum ballroom to world audiences.
Locarno Boy is currently working on an exciting new project, and we really would appreciate your help –
We would like to make contact with anyone who worked in a Mecca venue between 1961 and 1974. Could you help us? Be great if you can!
Note – we cannot trace the origins of the images in this post. If anyone has information contact us. It is not our intention to infringe copyright.