PJR

Dancing at the Locarno 1959 1962

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Has any one out there any recollection of the Lacarno and the fantastic time we used to have there. Any one who was anyone used to attend the lunch and evening sessions but the best of all were the 24 hour dance sessions that were held mostly on Bank Holidays. They were wonderful times

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Welcome PJR

Not me, but I am sure someone here will.

What year?

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I think the clue is in the title, Mick, LOL. I used to go in 1962 to the Tuesday night sessions, I think it was teen night? I remember it was quite a hike from my bus stop in Hanley Street.

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S'all right me duck, keep taking the tablets.

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I remember tuesday nights although I had forgotten it was called teen night, remember mam getting my first suit from the co-op so I could go, I cringe when I think of that suit and walking round with my shirt collar turned up, still it was the fashion in 61 & 62. Also remember the mime contests and the live band.

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Yeah - went to the Locarno regularly between 1959 and 1963. I went in the evenings and also on Friday lunchtime in my dinner hour from work.

No dinner - just wild jiving!

Great times!

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An hour for Dinner Eileen!

You were spoilt :)

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Hi PJR

Me and my husband,my boyfriend at the time,were always down the Locarno from 1959 to 1963,Saturdays Sundays Tuesdayd and Tuursdays + the Bank Holidays all Dayers

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just joined what looks like a really good site. i used to go down to the lacarno, in those days my mum would give me 10 shillings out of my weely wage which in early 1964 was £2.16.0 and this would last all week, what memories.

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tueday nights i think were called teanbeat,they were brilliant 1960 to 63,admision 1s6d,lunchtine 6d,felt great in my italian suit and winkle pickers and just a touch of old spice.

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I believe this is what used to be the Locarno. Later named the Victoria Ballroom, and later a Bingo place.  Now being demolished.

 

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It's a good job they can't demolish our memories. 

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Demolshing my tuesday nights of 60/61/62,,Teenbeat 1/6,, old spice,,great bands,,shoe shine 6d,,Jackie,,Bev,,Sandra,,Anita,,Christine,,Val,, all now will be gone forever,,

Thanks for the memories,, 

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I remember the Locarno but I just can't place it. Can someone remind me where it was, please?

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Town end of st anns well road,,

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CT. I think the Locarno was PREVIOUSLY called the Vic...   not the other way round.   We knew it was called the Locarno when we went there in 1959 - 61 but many people, including me and my friends, still referred to it as the Vic.

 

Ben,  our paths may well have crossed at the Locarno, but as I went with a 'close - knit' group it probably wouldn't have been on the actual dance floor.   We girls used to make fairly frequent visits to the powder room to renew our make up and spray even more lacquer on our hair, as well as talking about the boys we were with, so maybe our paths crossed on the stairs?    (I'm not suggesting you used to loiter outside the girls' powder room btw!!)

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Whenever I hear Little Eva singing Locomotion, I am back at the Locano, age 16, and everyone going round the floor moving their arms like train wheels.

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Ha, it's amazing how certain songs cast ones mind back to past times !

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I particularly remember dancing to 'Runaway' by Del Shannon whenever I think of the Vic"... don't know why.  But there wasn't any particular moves for that!t

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What memories the Victory Ballroom as it was first called was bottom end of where St Ann's Well Road started, (my mum and dad met there) then in the 50s/60s/ it was called the Locarno,  I'm sure that you girls can remember dancing around your handbag's although i think that i'm ahead of myself Rock n Roll was first,  then  jive came in, then the handbags. Next to the Locarno  was the Empress picture house. Ladies can you remember all the boy's standing around and just watching the ladies dance.

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Runaway always reminds me of Goose Fair, along with Oh Carol by the Everlys, and Diana by Paul Anka. Not relevant name wise, but it's just that I remember the songs.

Likewise, Mr Tambourine Man, at St Ives in Cornwall, summer of 67.

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The Waltzers always were playing the latest pop songs. 

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34 minutes ago, MargieH said:

(I'm not suggesting you used to loiter outside the girls' powder room btw!!)

 

Margie,,i would have loitered anywhere for you,,,,xx

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