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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.

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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