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After the Lord Mayor`s show came the …………………..Burger Van!

Two snippets for you – one from Stoke on Trent from Paul Edmunds – and one from  Hull via Locarno Boy – both under the heading – after the Lord Mayor`s show came the …………………….burger van!
First from Paul Edmunds –
I’m sure this van spent some time on Valentinos car park in Stoke. It was operated by top international chef Berrie Bassett. So good a chef was Bernie he did’nt have to wear chefs whites, he could cook just as well in the same jeans and t-shirt he wore whilsh collecting scrap metal during the day.
What I remember most about Bernie’s van was his solitary one t-towel, well I say a t-towel it was more of a multi purpose towel used for oven gloves, dishcloth,face flannel and mop to name just a few. I once ask Bernie if he ever washed the towel he replied –
” I did once and takings for that week was awful, never again”
Locarno Boy remembers –
We had a hot dog trolley outside Hull Locarno. The “chef” had only one knife which was just the right size to scrape the mud off his wheels and cut open his bread r0lls.
The trolley was a a makeshift affair, and prone to tipping up during late night disturbances. Fortunately the stock was never damaged  enough to be unsaleable (other than the occasion when hot dog was fatally injured by a passing taxi).
Eventually a second trolley arrived, and the dog dog wars began, as each tried to push his trolley into what was deemed to be the best site.
Then punches were thrown, and eventually they fought using their “multipurpose” knives, which resulted in lots of blood, minor injuries –
And two queues of hungry customers.

Carnage said to dress as Nympho Nurses…

Carnage said to dress as Nympho Nurses. So we dressed as doctors.

Ready now!

Hey up Hanley – here we come.

T shirts to sign; bars to visit; drinks to drink; people to meet ……….. bring it on.

First stop – Chicago’s – Loved this one – Great local bar/club atmosphere. Safe. Comfortable. Appreciated the layout and the atmosphere. Friendly staff; definitely coming back here.

Then to Manhattan for the same again; no doubt where our local haunts will be.

Next call – Walkabout – unfortunately a bit boring. Too predictable and bland. Probably the reason for poor attendance. Revolution only slightly better. Small. Just OK.

Think we got the student bit wrong though. Streets full of staggering students, hanging onto each other. It seemed that everyone else was very drunk.

And to Liquid, but not for long; it was absolutely packed. We were unable to move around; as though everyone was on someone else`s back. Stairs were blocked. Not good, and definitely not for us. One of our group had a panic attack. Thought her number was up.

Out of the building as fast as we could.

As though we needed an excuse to leave – who the hell was in control here?

Never again – we hated the place.

On reflection –

Best part of the night the people and atmosphere at Chicago`s and Manhattan.

The worst part of the night – Well – Think you get the picture.


Chicago's Hanley

The last band standing at Romeos and Juliets Stoke on Trent

The picture below shows the last band standing at Romeos and Juliets Stoke on Trent, it also shows some of the detailed finishes to the Juliet`s room where the photo was taken.

The band was called Endless Flight, but unfortunately the flight had to come to earth. The nightclub public wanted high energy, high production music, which was best delivered by DJs, so live bands were not cost effective.

We know that the girl was formerly one of the children featured in our Liverpool Empire post – re Dusty Springfield -but who are the guys?

Second from the left (we think) is Andy the keyboard player from the West Midlands – but who are the others?


Image from Joe Torlati Hanley






Wonder what Chavvy is? Only saw friendly people enjoying their night out.

Seems that some think in Hanley that clubbers in Newcastle under Lyme are up themselves – and that some in Newcastle under Lyme think Hanley clubbers are Chavvy!

Get real. We`re all the same inside. We all enjoy a good bop. We all need to relax. So move on.

Spent last night in Hanley. Not busy. So explored a bit. Found a gem.

Walkabout OK. Reminds me of a little bit of every other bar I’ve been in lately. Friendly. OK. Much  talk of the recent Carnage night. Not good. Reckon the promotors make at least four thousand pounds profit in each town each night. Do it by risking licences and safety of others.

Who are the mugs there?

Liquid. Buy one drink. Get two free. No no no. Not cheaper….Better. Barn of a place. Shame no parking – big enough for a B&Q warehouse. Not bad. Just empty. Friendly staff.

Manhattan quite busy. Nice new seating area. Friendly staff. Andy the manager chatting to everyone. Like it.

Got lost then found The Factory.

Hey this is good. Gay/straight friendly. Safest club in town? Manager Paul and door staff brilliant. Definitely one for a girl`s night out.

Wonder how many people came to Hanley from Newcastle under Lyme.

Wonder what Chavvy is?

Only saw friendly people enjoying their night out.

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A night to remember in the world according to Screaming Lord Sutch.

The only time I ever met Screaming Lord Sutch of Monster Raving Looney Party fame was at Romeos and Juliet`s Hanley. He was performing with his band to raise funds for his political activities – one of which was correct the injustice of there only being one monopolies commission!

Little did I realise that this was going to be a night to remember in the world according to Screaming Lord Sutch.

Romeos and Juliet`s Hanley had been a disaster since day one, despite the other Romeos and Juliet`s clubs trading well, but this one was cursed. It was built on the site of the old “Heavy Steam Machine”, which never gained the popularity it hoped for. When the somewhat troublesome and rather violent Bailey`s closed in Hanley, the manager moved over, bringing his troublesome and violent customers with him.

One minute the reception area would be quiet, the next we could have three generations from the same family fighting for no apparent reason. Security staff had to come down from Liverpool, but clearly the business was not viable.

But what could go wrong with Screaming Lord Sutch on stage?

All day they had ferreted about on the stage amid a macabre collection of props, many of which looked to have been looted from graveyards. His band were “not quite the same as everyone else”, but seemed ok.

That night the customers flocked into Romeos and Juliets, taking us close to our capacity attendance. The bars were busy. Everyone looked forward to the show as they faced the stage, waiting for the man to appear.

Suddenly he was there amid a thunderous clash of guitars, drums and pyrotechnics, followed by a huge wall of smoke that quickly enveloped the whole room, and  set of the club fire alarm.

All of which was quickly followed by the sirens of a fleet of fire engines, summoned by the simultaneous alarm call at the fire station.

The show was over and the building evacuated, while Screaming Lord Sutch insisted that the show must go on.

What a night! Almost as bad as the Valentine`s Night promotion. We had booked Radio One DJ Tony Blackburn. Unfortunately he had just split up with Tessa Wyatt, and was feeling anything but romantic, very very hurt, and not in the least bit Valentine`s Dayish

The end was inevitable. I went on holiday, and Ken Smith closed the venue whilst I was away. Brilliant. Thank you Ken.

The club and the surrounding buildings are now gone. The area has been flattened, and who knows, it may become a car park. But if it does I for one will not be parking there.

If I did I wouldn`t expect to see my car ever again.


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