You can force a nightclub onto a city, and force a city onto a nightclub – but every once in a while a nightclub and a city join together as though by divine intervention.
And so it was that The Dome and the City of Birmingham united to create one of the must “visit venues” in one of the “must visit cities” of the late 1980s.
If you then add the management style of D, you have an interesting recipe for success – although as Regional Manager you are never quite certain what is going to happen next – so it was quite normal to find the cast from a touring musical on stage performing numbers from Grease or Rocky Horror. Even the gents turned theatrical when Segue Segue Sputnik lined up at the urinals in full stage gear.
On one particular night he had a full show running in the club, Kim Wild in the pre-club lounge, and Nicky Campbell interviewing someone as part of a live television show. UB40 were regulars in the French restaurant, as well as the footballers from Aston Villa, West Brom and Birmingham City, and the cast of Crossroads.
D was a natural at organising and socialising in the restaurant, so it was no surprise to go into the club one Saturday evening to find two rows of tables, each set out for twenty two people.
Another of D`s qualities was that he wore his heart on his sleeve. So when I asked him who the tables were for, he immediately replied, “these are for xxxxxx`s son`s twenty first birthday party”, as he pointed to the row on the left. “And the ones on the right are for twenty two available ladies, all paid for by xxxxxx`s father – I have three grand cash to cover the costs”.
Sometimes words don`t come too easily, but before I could speak D added that the father had also paid for a whole floor of the Holiday Inn for them, but there were conditions. The girls were to act as a hen party, and the guys were not to be told the real story – so it was up to them to “pull”, all of which created an amazing “must watch” event.
At this point I ought to clarify any mental images you may have created. Firstly the guys were all from wealthy families, and extremely well dressed; secondly you must dispel any images of French tarts and girls in tiny mini-skirts and low tops. These girls were gorgeous and expensively dressed, so the scene was set for a very interesting night.
Clearly the guys were over-awed by the girls, and the girls played very hard to get, then slowly they began to interact, but of course the shier guys needed extra coaxing from the “spare” girls. All of which seemed to be orchestrated by D, with an enormous grin on his face.
Did they all pair off?
I think they did.
Did they all go back to the Holiday Inn?
Sorry – can`t say – that would be just too much information.