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Mecca Ltd published a 1977 Managers Handbook of all venues. Listed below are those in the Dance Halls and Disco section

Mecca Ltd published a 1977 Managers Handbook of all venues. Listed below are those in the Dance Halls and Disco section. Clearly many of the iconic ones are now gone, some by way of demolition, or change of use. Others exist to this day, usually after a mixed bag of owners, name changes and a multitude of managers.

We hope you find the following list interesting, and perhaps worthy of a comment –

Basildon Raquel`s 23 Market Pavement
Bath Tiffany`s Sawclose
Berwick on Tweed Caesar`s Palace Hyde Hill
Birmingham Gay Tower Reservoir Road, Edgebaston
Birmingham Locarno Hurst Street
Birmingham Mayfair Bullring Centre, Smallbrook, Queensway
Birmingham Samantha`s Pershaw Street
Birmingham Tiffany`s Long Lane, Blackheath, Halesowen
Blackburn Golden Palms St Peter Street
Blackpool Tiffany`s Central Drive
Bolton Palais Bridge Street
Bournemouth Tiffany`s 570. Christchurch Road Boscombe
Bradford Annabella`s Little Horton Lane
Bradford Locarno Manningham Lane
Bristol Locarno New Bristol Centre, Frogmore Street
Bristol Mayfair New Bristol Centre, Frogmore Street
Bristol Raquel`s New Bristol Centre, Frogmore Street
Bristol Tiffany`s Durdham Down
Burnley Cat`s Whiskers Centenary Way
Burnley Lancastrian Centenary Way
Burslem Adulte Ballroom Waterloo Road, Stoke on Trent
Carlisle Tiffany`s 81 – 87 Botchergate
Chester Tiffany`s Foregate Street
Coalville Tiffany`s Marlbrough Square
Coventry Tiffany`s Smithford Way
Darlington Tiffany`s (Opening November 1976 ???)
Darwen Tiffany`s Above Coop, School Street
Derby Tiffany`s Babbington Lane
Dewsbury Tiffany`s Field House, Wellington Street
Dundee Tiffany`s 106 Nethergate
Dunstable Tiffany`s Broadwall, The Quadrant
Edinburgh Tiffany`s 99 St Stephen`s Street
Exeter Zhivago`s 13 – 14 Okehampton Street
Glasgow Plaza Eglinton Toll
Glasgow Tiffany`s Sauchiehall Street
Gloucester Tiffany`s Station Road
Great Yarmouth Tiffany`s Marine Parade
Grimsby Tiffany`s Wintringham Road
Guilford Annabella`s 4 – 6 Upper North Street
Halifax Tiffany`s Broad Street
Harlow Tiffany`s Market Square, The High
Harrogate Bali Ha`i Commercial Street
Harrogate Annabella`s Station Parade
Hinkley Tiffany`s The Horsefair
Hull Bali bHa`i George Street
Hull Tiffany`s/Annabella`s Ferensway
Ilford Tiffany`s 246 – 250 High Road
King`s Lynn Tiffany`s Norfolk Street/Broad Street
Leeds Cat`s Whiskers Meanwood
Leeds Tiffany`s Merrion Centre, Merrion Street
Leicester Palais Humberstone Gate
Leicester Tiffany`s Corn Exchange, Market Place South
Liverpool Grafton Rooms West Derby Road
Liverpool Tiffany`s India Builodings, Water Street
London Bali Ha`i 386 Streatham High Road
London Cafe de Paris Coventry Street
London Cat`s Whiskers 158 Streatham High Road
London Empire Rooms 161 Tottenham Court Road
London Lyceum Wellington Street, The Strand
London Mayfair High Road, Tottenham
London Palais 242 Shepherd`s Bush Road, Hammersmith
London Tiffany`s 24 Shaftsbury Avenue
London Tiffany`s 111/115 The Broadway, Wimbledon
Manchester Caroline`s 111a Deansgate
Manchester Ritz Whitworth Street
Manchester Tiffany`s 27a Oxford Road
Merthyr Tydfil Tiffany`s New Market Walk, The Precinct
Middlesbrough Tiffany`s 234 Linthorpe Road
Newcastle upon Tyne Mayfair Newgate Street
Newcastle upon Tyne Tiffany`s 49 New Bridge Street
Newport Tiffany`s Bridge Street, Gwent
Norwich Norwood Rooms Aylsham Road
Norwich Samson and Hercules Tombland
Nottingham Palais Parliament Street
Nottingham Sherwood Rooms Greyfriar Gate
Nottingham Tiffany`s 74 Victoria Centre
Oldham Cat`s Whiskers Union Street
Portsmouth Locarno Arundel Street
Purley Tiffany`s 112 Brighton Road
Rochdale Tiffany`s 6 Nelson Street
Rotherham Tiffany`s Main Street
Sale Blue Room 56 Washway Road
Sale Tiffany`s 56 Washway Road
Scarborough Tiffany`s Bar House, Aberdeen Walk
Scunthorpe Tiffany`s Doncaster Road
Sheffield Crazy Daizy 11 – 17 High Street
Sheffield Samantha`s Queen`s Road
Sheffield Tiffany`s 33 – 49 London Road
Shrewsbury Tiffany`s Riverside Shopping Centre, Raven Meadows
Southend on Sea Zhivago`s 355 Chartwell Square, Victoria Circus
Southampton Royal Pier Ballroom Pavilion, Royal Pier
Southport Tiffany`s 549 Liverpool Road, Ainsdale
Stafford Top of the World Newport Road
Stevenage Tiffany`s Danestrete
Newcastle under Lyme Tiffany`s Crystal Buildings, Hassell Street
Sunderland Locarno Newcastle Road
Wakefield Dolly Gray`s Westgate
Wakefield Raquel`s The Bullring
Wakefield Tiffany`s Southgate
Wigan Tiffany`s 61 – 69 Standishgate
Worksop Tiffany`s Netherholme Shopping Centre
York Cat`s Whiskers Fishergate

It would be great to know what happened to the venue in your town or city.

The Hilarious Cannon and Ball Charity night at Romeo and Juliet`s Oldham

It was one of those phone calls where you find it difficult to speak!

Maybe the phone would ring for long enough for me to replace the hand set – but no……

A friendly voice said “Hello”, and I had to reply.

“Is that Mr Derbyshire from Cannon and Ball?”

“Yes. What can I do for you?”

“We are holding a charity night, and we wondered if you would be able to come along.”

He said “Yes” and The Hilarious Cannon and Ball Charity night at Romeo and Juliet`s Oldham was underway.

It was the early 1980s, and Cannon and Ball were hugely popular, not only on television, but also with their live shows, guest appearances and pantomimes. I had been given Tommy Derbyshire`s number by the Oldham Chronicle.

We had sold out long before the ink on the tickets was dry – and could have sold out again and again.

On the night of the show Bobby Ball`s car – an enormous colourful and chromed vehicle, attracted almost as much attention as its owner; almost, but not quite.

Bobby`s red braces were even more attention seeking, as almost every female in the building stood half behind him, stretching them and mimicking his catch phrase – “Thank You – I Thank You”.

Tommy and Bobby may have been a huge property in the entertainment world, but they had not forgotten their Oldham roots, as they continually shook hands and greeted swarms of proud well wishers.

Then it was time for their show, and I was the man working the spotlight – which was more complicated than you would think. They were huge stars, and used to professional lighting operators – and even the spotlight operator had a running order – no filter – red filter – full beam – small face only – etc. If you got it wrong you could spoil the whole show.

It didn`t help when Bobby tried to hide from the spotlight. It wasn`t in the script. Neither was the thing jamming, then zooming into the ceiling.

Bobby began jumping into air shouting “I`m not a bloody moth” – then he was going “ave” me, as he punched towards me from the stage – with Tommy Cannon holding him back.

The audience roared with laughter, as I fought the infernal contraption to where I thought we ought to be on the running order. But when I thought I was just about up to speed Bobby decided to “hide” again because “I wasn`t going to get round him just like that” – and so he continued with pure and hilarious comedy. Tommy Cannon made the whole show even funnier by his perfectly timed “help” for Bobby – all of which made his partner even funnier.

It truly was a wonderful night – one that showed the respect Cannon and Ball had for the people of Oldham – and how those people adored two local guys who were now loved throughout the UK.

And they did wonders for the sale of red braces!

 

 

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Who remembers Romeo and Juliets Oldham?

This photo came into our office this week, and we can only assume that it is of the EMI Leisure nightclub, Romeo and Juliet`s Oldham, because of an Oldham Chronical stamp on the back – so to set the record straight –

Who remembers Romeo and Juliets Oldham?

Apologies for the line caused by a crease in the original, but at least we have an idea of the layout of the room.

We think the girls, with a white grand piano behind them, are on the original raised area that formed the stage when the building was a Bailey`s cabaret club. The way to the dressing rooms was to the right of the picture.

It would seem that the main Romeo`s Stage was to the left of the girls, in front of the lower dance floor, where Heather Reece was the local heat winner of the EMI World Disco Dancing Championship. Heather worked at Peter Haq`s boutique in Oldham.

Assuming we are correct with the town, Mick Maginley was the DJ, who we understand now runs his own club in Wakefield. Ben Murphy was the support DJ. The main opposition was the Mecca club, which was originally The Cat`s Whiskers, then we think it became a Tiffany`s.

Can you help put the record straight?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How I made the earth move for my boss.

I write to seek the readers forgiveness for my actions many years ago at the Romeos and Juliet`s club in Oldham, where I worked as a trainee manager/dogsbody.

It was all to do with how I made the earth move for my boss.

He was a friendly, short and rotund chap, who had a friendly, short and rotund girlfriend. All of which would have been fine, had they each not been married to someone else; neither of which were short, rotund, nor would have been in agreement with the furtive activities of their partners. Had they known about them.

All of which left me in a quandary, because I was friends with everyone in the loop, so there seemed to be nothing I could do. Even though I considered the liaison to be very wrong. I should also add that the relationship was an open secret amongst the management and permanent staff.

And so the assignation carried on through the summer.

I went about my work as normal. At the end of each night I helped cash up the tills, put the money in the safe and secure the building whilst they were in  his office, huffing and puffing and going about their business. All presumably in line with his alleged preference of the desk top as an alternative to a more comfortable matrimonial bed.

He then announced that he was taking his wife on holiday to Spain, but before doing so issued endless instructions as to how the club was to be managed in his absence. We all confirmed our understanding, and off he went, leaving me specific instructions as to when to collect them at Manchester Airport at the end of the holiday.

As requested I was there on time; and before he was settled into the car he began quizzing me about what had been happening at the club while he was away. Very quickly the quizzing turned into interrogation when he realised that business had been poor, and there had been a fight on the second Friday he was away.

By now I was beyond being flustered, but became even more so when he realised that we were on the M6 going south; the opposite way to Oldham. However I eventually got them home, and he turned up for work that night in a terrible mood. And I had had enough.

Shortly before setting off to cash up the tills I took a screwdriver and loosened the main screws on his desk. I kept an eye out for them sneaking off to his office, and managed to cash everything up and be in the cash office next to his, to listen to proceedings.

First I heard voices, then laughter. Then a silence followed by the pair of them shouting “Ohh Ohhh Ohh”, followed by an almighty crash accompanied by female screams. Staff came running from all directions, and a well meaning soul banged office door to see if everything was ok.

As for me, I almost choked from suppressed laughter; then I heard sobbing!

So we come to the outcome! The poor lady had not only dislocated her thumb, but had rolled like a bowling ball over the office floor, collecting carpet burns an a hefty whack from a filing cabinet at the other side of room. As for the manager, he claimed to be ok, but developed a strange walk for the next few days.

Everyone denied tampering with the desk, and the lady took time off work after “falling down stairs”.

I seek forgiveness for my actions, which I now accept were irresponsible and immature. I also seek forgiveness for the hilarious images I have of this incident, and the accompanying laughter. The desk had not collapsed immediately. Apparently it had swayed and rocked like a bucking bronco before sending them rolling over the floor.

Am I forgiven?

 

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