Article on a fashionable young man who worked at Tiffany’s Wakefield

Laura Henderson sent us a post entitled Article on a fashionable young man who worked at Tiffany`s Wakefield –

“I manage a vintage clothing store in Belfast called the Rusty Zip.

Today whilst I was sourcing clothes I came across a very well preserved newspaper with a fascinating article about a man named Frankie Johnson who worked at Tiffany’s as a photographer, artist and DJ. I thought that I might as well google him but I knew the chances of finding him would be near impossible! I came across your site though and I thought I’d share with you anyway the blog post I made –

Frankie Wakefield

I would love to know more about him or find images of Tiffany’s if you come across any.”

Note from Locarno Boy

It would be great if we could help Laura.

We suspect that Frankie probably worked in a number of clubs in the Wakefield and Leeds area

All help will be much appreciated


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.

Mecca Dance Halls and Managers from Summer 1961

We thought you would like to see a list of the Mecca Dance Halls and Managers from Summer 1961.

Clearly there are many town and cities not mentioned – such as Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow, and many many others, but perhaps there is a clue in the number of planned openings highlighted in the list below.

Basildon Locarno – Town Centre – Manager     M Green

Belfast Plaza – Chichester Street – Manager    D R Clark  – Phone Belfast 25294

Blackburn Locarno – St Peter Street – Manager B Gee – Phone Blakewater 85538

Bolton Palais – Bridge Street – Manager W. McLeish – Phone Bolton 1451

Bradford Locarno – Manningham Lane – Manager Alan Boyce     (Opening 9th September 1961)

Burnley Locarno  – Manchester Road – Manager  C Isherwood   (Formerly the Mechanic`s Institute)

Bury   Prince`s Ballroom – Bolton Street – Manager L Byron – Phone Bury 1705

Coventry Locarno – Smithford Way – Manager R Bloxham – Phone Coventry 24570

Derby Locarno – Babington Lane – Manager A Ferris – Phone Derby 41441

Edinburgh Palais – Fountainbridge – Manager G Knowles – Phone Fountainbridge 7427

Hull Locarno – Ferensway – Manager J Munro       ( Opening 16th September 1961)

Ilford Palais – High Road – Manager B Foster – Phone Ilford 3128

Leeds Locarno – County Arcade – Manager J Savile – Phone Leeds 31046/7

Leicester Palais – Humberstone Gate – Manager G Pickavant – Phone 69967

Liverpool Grafton Rooms – West Derby Road – Manager T Reid – Phone Anfield 3928

London Lyceum – Wellington Street, The Strand – Manager D Preedy – Phone Temple Bar 3715

London Carlton Rooms – 140 Maida Vale, W 9 – Manager J H Richardson – Phone Maida Vale 5289

London Empire Rooms – Tottenham Court Road – Manager C Self – Phone Euston 4173

Manchester Plaza – Oxford Road – Manager P Wild – Phone Central 7441

Newcastle upon Tyne  The Mayfair – (Planned for opening during October 1961)

Norwich  Sampson and Hercules Ballroom – Tombland – Manager R V Shackell – Phone Norwich 21541

Norwich Norwood Rooms – Aylsham Road – Manager G Barbour – Phone Norwich 46751

Nottingham Sherwood Rooms – Greyfriar Gate – Manager N F Kemp – Phone Nottingham 50555

Nottingham Locarno – St Anns Well Road – Manager G Lloyd – Phone Nottingham 44354

Rochdale Carlton – Great George Street –  – Manager E Mills – Phone Rochdale 3347

Sale Locarno – Washway Road – Manager J Goodings – Phone Sale 1508

Sale Embassy Rooms – Washway Road – Manager H Burnett – Phone Sale 7522

Sheffield Locarno – London Road – Manager M S Proctor – Phone Sheffield 22586

Stevenage Locarno – Manager B A Elmer-Smith   (Opening September/October 1961)

Wakefield Locarno – Southgate – Manager R Keith – Phone Wakefield 6515/6

A late August Bank Holiday Sunday visit to Wakefield – but it was more like New Years Eve

You know the feeling; it`s late, your not in your 20s any more – and it would be so easy to find a reason to stay in!

Instead I made a late night August Bank Holiday Sunday visit to Wakefield – but it was more like New Years Eve. Westgate was packed with people. The police were out in force, and the girls challenged for the shortest skirt – the highest heals – and the best stagger/totter in town. Nevertheless they were all dressed up for a big night out.

Not going to mention the guys.

HD Sport`s Bar was the first call – and to see the management team – Adrian Stones and Oliver Millar; also met up with Regional Manager James Cleminson.

The building was packed; the atmosphere  tremendous and the music absolutely correct. The design is excellent – the customers well chosen – and the door team firm, friendly and effective.

There`s no doubt about it –

It was “New Year`s Eve”.


Then met Hannah Green from Boomerang. She was her usual bubbly self, but with a slightly jaded overtone.

“Where did all the customers come from?” She laughed. “We`ve never stopped running tonight”.


Note – the above image is from the Boomerangs Facebook.

On Sunday he room was full of wall to wall people – and with yet another fabulous atmosphere!


Wakefield is now becoming a Stag and Hen destination from around the country – and why not?

Why should “New Year`s Eve” be restricted to the 31st of December?


A visit to The Hop,Mal at the Black Swan, and Fanny and Bacardis Wakefield – an amazing experience

No West Yorkshire nightclub visit is complete without a visit to The Hop, Mal at The Black Swan, and Fanny and Bacardis Wakefield – a amazing experience.

But first you must explore the diverse bar and club options in an area with more licensed premises than you can shake a stick at.

Whoever you are, whatever your choice – there is something in Wakefeld for you, so off we went.

Our first call was to The Hop. Clearly a play on words – with lots of real ales, lots of “hoppin` and boppin`” to the music, in a venue that is a must to explore.

So we explored the ground and first floors, finding “tucked away” bars, two rooms with live bands, a smoker`s patio, and retro background music perfectly chosen for the near capacity audience. Loved it

Had a look around Westgate, it was not busy. Plenty of police and street marshals though. Just a shortage of the customers who were clearly anticipated in some of the large, but heavily staffed, near empty premises.

It was only 10.30pm. Plenty of time for things to pick up!

So off we went to see Geordie Mal at The Black Swan – and WOW – we weren`t ready for this!

What a fabulous venue.

Wall to wall smart and mature customers; perfectly chosen music, smiling, enthusiastic friendly staff, and an atmosphere that lingered long after we had left the building.

Our final call was to Fanny and Barardi`s. The latest addition to Wakefield`s late night scene.

A venue with an overworked House Full sign; one with camp overtones, but with a policy that attracts from throughout the locality and beyond – although it is rumoured that “spikey haired angry dykes” are not welcome!

Fanny and Bacardi`s offers a night of fun, cabaret and feel good factor – one that owners Dale and Andrew seek to take to other towns and cities; and why not – especially after watching the customers arriving in min-biblical numbers – from 11.30pm onwards.

Security staff were attentive and friendly at each of the premises visited, and certainly added to the first and lingering impressions.

None of the premises had the “corporate – I`m doing things this way because the manual says so” feel.

And every one of the premises would be an asset and motivational yardstick in other towns and cities.

Congratulations to everyone involved!


Image from leedsmusic scene


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