CategorySouth Shields

The Bailey Organisation:

Taken from a full page feature from “The Stage” newspaper 1973

During October 1973 THE STAGE newspaper presented a full page feature on THE BAILEY ORGANISATION, one of the largest and fastest growing nightclub operators in Europe.

The company had a chain of almost 20 nightclubs, and plans to use a £3m budget to develop a further 10.

Vice Chairman, JOHN SMITH explained that the success of the company was its ability to recruit a young enthusiastic management team with flair.

“Flair is often of more important than experience”, explained JOHN, “and understanding and willingness to learn are often more useful than knowledge.”

Tony Spragg Sid Stewart Mike Payne

Twenty six year old TONY SPRAGG was the Area Manager for the Midlands. Originally from Cardiff, TONY had been with the company for three years. Prior to this he was a Deputy Manager for the RANK ORGANISATION.

One of the most popular figures in the Lancashire area was 36 year old SID STEWART. SID worked as Area Controller for Lancashire and Yorkshire, and had been with BAILEYS for 10 years.

Tireless charity fundraising had made the BLACKBURN people “adopt” SID as one of their own.

Currently he was taking care of BAILEYS OLDHAM, but would be returning to BLACKBURN when the CAVENDISH was rebuilt after a tragic fire.

Former metropolitan policeman MIKE PAYNE had been with BAILEYS for less than two years when he was made Manager of BAILEYS LEICESTER. MIKE had originally joined as a Trainee Manager but his ability, drive and enthusiasm received quick recognition, and soon became manager of the largest nightclub in the company.

LA DOLCE VITA
LA DOLCE VITA
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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNEBIRMINGHAMBIRMINGHAMNEWCASTLE UPON TYNE CHELSEA CATWETHERALLSLA RONDE  SOUTH SHIELDSSUNDERLANDBILLINGHAM

There were also BAILEY clubs at – HULL – BARNSLEY – SHEFFIELD – DONCASTER – STOCKTON

Attractions at the North East Bailey Clubs from December 1966

I wonder how many of the attractions at the North East Bailey clubs from December 1966 are still remembered today.

The Cavendish Newcastle, Contessa Middlesbrough, La Bamba Darlington, Wetheralls Sunderland, Marimba Middlesbrough, Tito`s Stockton, La Dolce Vita Newcastle and Latino South Shields listed the following artists in their December advertising –

Lance Percival   –   David and Jonathan   –   The Paul Andrews Show   –   The Four Pennies   –   Dickie Arnold and Dottie   –   Virginia Lee   –   Jack Hammer   –   Malcolm Mitchel   –   Gordon Peters   –   The Denis Lotis Show   –   Ronnie Dukes and Ricky Lee   –   Paul Andrews   –   X`Caliburs   –   Acker Bilk   –   Wee Willy Harris   –   Valerie Masters   –   Virginia Lee   –   New Vaudeville Band   –   John Bouchier   –   Millicent Martin   and 1964 Miss World Ann Sidney

Each act was a club-filler, many of which were television and recording stars of the day

And just in case you thought that audiences were prudish – we have added an image of Dickie Arnold and Dottie ……….       at the point where she walks away from the guitar …………

And of course the guitar (sorry lute) comes apart ……………………..

Just in case you wondered.

 

Dickie and Dottie image from myspace  – Four Pennies from 45-rpm.org.uk

 

 

 

 

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