Whilst I was the Catering Manager at the Ritz in Manchester, we held a Cherry B promotion. Helium filled ‘logoed’ balloons were tied around the dance floor, which floated up to the ceiling as the punters untied them.
At the end of the night the GM Bill Hunt asked me how we were going to get these balloons down .I suggested bringing my shotgun in and shooting them down – he said “what a great idea” ,so we arranged to meet at 6pm on the Saturday night for some target practise.
I arrived at 6pm but there was no sign of Bill so I let myself in and went up to the balcony and set everything up. Meanwhile Bernard Valensky our cleaner was wax and saw dusting the dance floor.I waited a little longer, still no Bill so I decided to have a go at shooting the balloons down .Boom,boom went the 12 bore automatic ,the ceiling was peppered, plaster fell, a couple of the balloons floated down to the floor – poor Bernard’s broom and bucket flew into the air and I gave him the fright of his life.
It was so funny and he never forgave me to his dying day. He used to tell visitors how mad I was and how he had fought Hitler through the war, but he had never had such an experience or fright. God bless him – I never forgave him however for setting my new microwave on fire, while trying to dry his washing!
Great days, when characters worked in clubs, Stella the female DJ,Vince Lazelle and his band; Phil Moss & his band doing the tea dance on a Wednesday.
The first ever Student Night started in Manchester on a Monday, circa 1983 with Ralph Randell as DJ – 1500 every week. Gordon the Head Doorman and Cellerman. Very fond memories which set me up for a long career in clubs as a GM,RM then Director with Mecca, Themes International ,First Leisure and the Nightclub Co.
Anyone remember the story about Bill Gillian and the cat in the Managers office ?
Great times also at Rockerfellas Bolton ,The Studio Newcastle, Coco Savannah Stockport, Atlantis Bolton, Destiny & Elite Cheshire Oaks and of course The Wintergardens Blackpool.