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Grumpy Christmas (and big birthday) bash - Runcorn

  

  Runcorn   WA7 5QS   GB

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PhilT
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Grumpy Christmas (and big birthday) bash Details

Checked with club and all fine for tonight, 8pm start.

By way of saying thanks to everyone who has supported us over the past four years+  and in an attempt to burn a bit of turkey / quorn off, we've decided to squeeze another Grumpy in before 2015 slips away and it'll be free to get in

The date for your diary is Sunday 27th December. This one-off session will run from 8pm-2.30 am or thereabouts.

Don't tell anyone but it happens to be Joan's 50th too :thumbup:

Same gaff as usual: Grumpy's Bar (formerly RNA Club), Canal Walk, Halton Rd, Runcorn, WA7 5QS

 

Unfortunately, Gaz Simon can't be with us so we've had to tweak times a little - see below. Hope they're ok for everyone and that Gaz can come and join us next year.

DJ Times

8-9: Grumpy gits

9-10: Col Denham

10-11: Kev Murphy

11.00-12. 00 Phil T

12.00-1.00: Dave 

1.00-2.00 Carl and Maria

2.00 - end: Grumpy gits

 

Safe trip if you're travelling, see you later :thumbsup:

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WOW Joan you must be really pleased with that turn out? THE BEST NIGHT at Grumpy's to date!!! Loads of friends I haven't seen in a long while, great to catch up. It's true what was said, everyone enjoyed the night, you could tell with the big smiles on everyone's faces. :D Really enjoyed Col Denham's spot, shame I only caught last half. Saying that EVERYONE'S spot was superb :thumbup: This night will be talked about for a long time to come. Can't wait for the next instalment. Just hope Lou is ok? She looked like she had overdone the "enjoyment" bit. Thanks Joan for allowing us to help celebrate your special day xx :hatsoff2:

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I’d planned to make the trip to Runcorn for Grumpy Soul for quite some time but had never got round to actually going. Partly this was because it is normally a night that finishes at 4am, which means that you really need to book a b&b or hotel unless you have driven there, and personally I wouldn’t want to drive back down south after a soul night. So I’d just put it on the list of things to get round to doing.

However my friend Billywhizz of the 100 Club came to my rescue. He asked me if I fancied going after Christmas, it was going to be a celebration of Jumping Joan’s 50th birthday and it was a 2am finish. I was most happy to take him up on his kind offer. So I left home in London on 27 December, went to Liverpool Street station and travelled via two trains to Norwich, where Billy picked me up and off we went. Here I’d like to thank Billy for driving me there, it was a long and tiring drive with some holdups due to “incidents” on the roads, and the sat nav packed up, but luckily he’d also got his son’s one with him, don’t know what would have happened otherwise.

We got there at about 9pm, the joint was jumping as they say and we were lucky to get a couple of seats. The birthday girl greeted us, fortunately Billy had got a birthday card for her, I usually forget that sort of thing.

As I’ve intimated above the venue was busy, with quite a few of my friends attending which was nice for a catch up. Musically I’d describe it as a “proper Northern Soul night”. A mix of tempos, some R&B, a little Crossover and 70s, but predominately 60s, both medium and uptempo. Rarities were played, for example the Prophets’ Just One Gold Piece, the Four Dynamics’ Things A Lady Ain’t Supposed To Do and the Scott Brothers’ Running Around, but plenty of other perhaps better known tunes but not too many “top 100 “ records. I didn’t hear any funky tunes which may have come as a relief to some. I’m not sure who all the DJs were but they did a good job and the dance floor was busy. The floor was okay but a tiny bit of talc did help. The sound was good and that is really the most important thing. Bar prices were okay as well, especially after London prices at some venues.

Although Joan wasn’t on the DJ roster she did the last 20 or 30 minutes playing mainly uptempo Northern records like Shing A Ling and A Little Togetherness. The night ended at about 2.15 but it took ages for us to get out of Runcorn due to road works and sat nav problems but we got back to Norwich at about  8am. I had a sleep at Billy’s house and got the trains back to London, got indoors at 6.30pm. A long journey but worth it, I will return to Grumpy Soul some time in 2016, I’d recommend it if you enjoy a good Northern night that doesn’t play the obvious.

Thanks to Joan for organising the night which was free, and to Billy for doing the driving, he’s got a lot more patience than I would have had.

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This event is now over. Look up now to read the latest reviews of this soul event

Flyer and another high quality line-up now sorted  - see above.

Hotel info for anyone intent on travelling and staying over:

  • The Camponile on Lowlands Road (closest to venue), WA7 5TP. 01928 581 771 / book on-line
  • Holiday Inn on Wood Lane, WA7 3AH. 0871 942 9070 / book on-line
  • Premier Inn on Chester Road, Preston Brook, WA7 3BB. 0871 527 8954 / book on-line

There's a taxi firm based in the club car park too.

All looking good for the 27th then; it promises to be an absolute packer and a great night. Hope you can make it

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A wonderful gesture in free admission (Personally I'd pay double to get in this time as the last one musically was one of the best I've been too in a long time!!)

Maybe have a whip round on the night for some charity?? (maybe Joan to choose as her birthday???)

Just a thought.

x

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So looking forward to this night.  As Louis says the last one was brilliant and looking at the line up we are in for another treat.

 

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Hey Phil

I've provisionally booked the stripogram for Joan's birthday surprise we've got the choice of a copper (that's a policeman if you live in Cheshire), a fireman (that's the same everywhere) or a Ginger Taylor lookalike, whatcha think she'd like the most !   :wicked:

Dave

 

 

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It's a no brainer Dave. Book him Danno!

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Spoke to Ian Cunliffe earlier today. He's on the mend is the lad and intent on making an appearance on the 27th. Brilliant :thumbup:

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Should be a belter Chalks :yes: 

Carl is double-booked for this one unfortunately as he has a festive commitment at the Peterbrough Alhambra again this year. We'll miss his incredible singing voice of course and look forward to his return next year.

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An extra Grumpy, can't wait!  

Everyone welcome  :thumbup:

There's a brilliant deal at Premier Inn right now for those stopping over - £29 for a double room. Details in Phil's post above x

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 I'll be there with bells on.

 

Oh, and just because of Mrs Livesey's advancing years, does she think she can leave herself off the DJ roster? Pah! That'll be right

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Not playing records means I have more time to spend with you guys - you win, you lose :D

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Exactly what I did for me 40th - Who wants to play records on their birthday?!!! You know I'm booked elsewhere on this night Joan, but I'll be seeing you next year at Grumpys (If not before at Stateside Soul)

HAPPY 40th MY FRIEND! :D

Len x

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We'll miss you Len, hope you enjoy your night! 

That's work nearly done for the year, looking forward to another great Grumpy :thumbup:

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I've wanted to visit Grumpy Soul for ages and this is the one. Coming up with Billywhizz. Looking forward to it.

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Only a week to go! Just a little thing called Christmas to get out if the way first then it's Grumpy time.

We'll hopefully post times in the next few days and look forward to seeing some of you on Sunday x

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Directions from M6 avoiding bridges and all that faff

Righto, in an attempt to save some of you from circumnavigating Runcorn (as we've done ourselves in the past, several times), this is the way I'd go:

1. M6

2. M56 to Chester

3. Take exit to Preston Brook / Daresbury A56 (jct 11 off M56 I think it is)

4. Drop down hill, pass technology park on left then Beefeater pub on your right

5. Stay on and follow road up to end and round to right

6. Stay in right hand lane at give way then turn left onto A533 expressway

7. Stay on A533 (i.e. do not turn off) and take exit slip for Halton Brow / Halton Lea

8. Left at bottom of slip onto Boston Ave

9. First right onto Halton Rd (there's a chapel thing, usually with a big sign) on the corner

10. On Halton Road, pass pub, co-op and chippy on your right. Club is on your right about 1/4 miles further down (grassy banks just before entrance)

That works for us every time (somehow :rofl:).

 

Look forward to seeing loads of good friends and having a belting night!

Merry Christmas

Phil

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I wanna come !!!
Can you move it a bit nearer my house next time.

Merry Merry an all that jazz.
&
Happy Happy Joan

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Good work on the instructions Pip :thumbup:

Shame we're not a tad closer to New York Mr. S, will eat a few chocolates in your honour

Looks like it's going to be a cracker, Gaz is on countdown already! 

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CALAMITY !!!!!

The Ginger T lookalike stripogram has been gazumped by another promoter!

But don't worry Phil after lengthy negotiations with his charismatic manager Bob I have secured a very able replacement in the shape ( or shape's) of Robbo! for the princely sum of fifteen quid but Bob drove a hard bargain and we have to abide by the following terms , prepayment via paypal, no santa Claus mankini's, he doesn't have to take his baseball cap off and we provide the baby oil !

Whatcha  think before I click  pay now ?

Dave

 

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:lol: Mind suitably boggled Dave!

All looking good for Sunday. DJ times now at the top of the thread for anyone who might be interested; hope they're ok for everyone.

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Hey Phil

I've paid Bob the £15.00 fee and now he tells me that Robbo is flatly refusing to wear a coppers uniform, or a tarzan outfit, the only outfit he'll wear has to be based around a pair of khaki shorts !!!  :ohmy:

Looks as if Joan's gonna get the world's first 'Lofty' from "It Ain't Half Hot Mum" lookalike stripogram !!!

I wonder where Bob's gonna find a pith helmet at such short notice from ? :wicked:

Dave

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Good morning birthday girl , have a fantastic day and night Joan ....

 

Love Andy and Susanne xx

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Sorry we can't make it to your BIG Birthday Bash Joan, have a lovely time and congratulations on joining the 50's club!

See you on New Years Eve.

Tony & Lisa xx

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Can't wait for tonight, even if we have to get the flippers out and wade through the flooding.  Really hope lots turn out to help Joan celebrate.

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Happy birthday darling girl x wouldn't miss this for owt its gunna be a packer. See ya later xxx

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Yay, Sandy you can make it!  

Thanks for the lovely birthday wishes everyone, you make an old gal very happy x

The sun is shining here in Preston and just spoke to the club owner and everything's fine for tonight :thumbup:

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Will be loading up the dinghy, and getting ready to set sail 4ish. Hope the canal hasn't burst it banks 

 

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As the birthday girl says, checked with the club and all systems go for tonight :thumbup:

Safe trip wherever you're coming from.

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Have a Fab time, shame we couldn't be there, have a blast & I hope to get  up there sometime soon, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOAN x  :hatsoff2:,,,ATB...Rob :thumbsup:

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Wait until Robbo walks through the door in a raincoat, sowester and wellies , i hope no one mistakes him for a Paddington Bear (Lookalike) :wicked:

Dave

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Happy Birthday Joan. So sorry we are not able to make it tonight but hope you have a great time,atb to you and Tony.

Our very best regards,Geoff & Margaret.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOAN>>>>>>>>XX                  SORRY I WONT MAKE IT:(THANKS FOR ASKING ME ....x  pow wow and xmas well and truly knackered me out and bob and steve not available to come either ,so will  try to get to grumpy next year as it looks brill..........................ENJOY EVERYONE WHO KNOWS ME............... EZ

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Happy Birthday Joan hope you have a great day, and we''ll see you tonight.

Andy & Tre

 

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Just heard on a AA bulletin that two men answering to the names of Geoff and Billywhizz are frantically rowing a canoe up the M56, with the theme music from Hawaii Five-O blasting  out of a cassette recorder !!!! :lol:

Dave

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Will be there early doors gonna be a great neet Joans 50th ? That means you where goin to Soul nites around the North West  when you where 10yrs old lol C Ya later x

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Thanks again everyone :D

All set up and sounding great.

We encountered some roadworks into Runcorn. If you follow the cones it'll take you onto the Weston Point Expressway and then Bridgewater Expressway, this will bring you back round. Take Runcorn Town Hall exit, turn right, then first right onto Halton Road 

Safe journey everyone x

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Happy birthday Joan, would love to be there tonight...:( Sure you'll have a great night :thumbsup:

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 Last nights Grumpy was as good as it gets. From when I got there about 9.20pm to be suitably greeted by the birthday girl herself to when I left about 2am everything was superb, Musically  it was up there with anything that I have heard anywhere for a long time. couldn't pick out any particular DJ as they all contributed

People wise it was a collection of this countries finest from every cross section of the soul night/nighter scene from the local's ( loads of my old mates ) to people who had travelled from all over the country. Shame I couldn't get to catch up with everyone that I wanted too. It was one of those nights when the time just flew by. Big and special thanks again to everyone involved

Steve

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Would have loved to have been there sounds like it was not to be missed, and I missed it.
Happy Birthday and welcome to the 50s Joan.
 

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Thanks so much to everyone who came last night, some braving motorway nightmares, pestilence and famine (and half of bloody Runcorn coned-off). Thanks also to the great mates who, as ever, played a good mix of quality records all night. Suffice to say, the place was rammed and I think the birthday girl enjoyed it. Jobs a good un :thumbup:

We're on with dates for 2016 and will return to the usual later finish of course. We also hope to secure the services of more quality guests of the same ilk as those who've done us proud over the last four and a bit years.

Thanks again for all your support and here's to a great 2016

Phil

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we had a fantastic nite, the,absolute  business all round.  Joan had a great time along with everyone else by the looks of her nursing her feet ha, a honour to play a few tunes to the brilliant and up for it punters ,Col

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Just want to say thanks to everyone for coming to our little do last night, what a turnout and what an atmosphere. A room full of friends, loads of smiling faces (not least my own), what more can you ask for

Thanks also for your wishes, cards and gifts - was taken by surprise at midnight by Lou and the presentation of your amazing generosity, was quite emotional which was evident by my short (but extremely heart felt) words 

Big up for the DJs - Phil, Dave, Col, Kev, Carl and Maria - who all did an absolutely amazing job. The music was awesome and the floor rammed all night

From setting up, to the impromptu pre kick-off fish supper with Lou and Dave until Phil dropped me off 16 hours after picking me up, I had the best birthday ever. Special thanks to Phil who had to endure the stress for both of us last night as I had the night off  :D

Dates for next year to follow as soon as we sort it with the club but in the meantime, happy new year you lovely people xx

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Top night and a worthy celebration for Joan's Big Birthday Bash!!!

We arrived at 8.20 and the place was already filling up,packed to the rafters by the finish and Yep the Runcorn expressway diversions is not for the faint hearted but well worth the effort. Think musically all the bases were covered all aimed firmly at the dancefloor.

Looking forward to more of the same in 2016!!! 

 

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Fantastic night as ever - brilliant turn out and atmosphere and the same high quality sounds as expected from the Grumpy faithful. Great night to celebrate Joan's birthday

 

The Runcorn road works weren't too much of a problem - I don't think I've left Runcorn the same route twice when attending Grumpy Soul, so last night was no different. I did manage to completely miss my junction for Edinburgh and happily drove towards Glasgow for miles before I noticed though....what a twat!   

 

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So the question I've been asking myself since Saturday is why has it taken me so long to get my arse into gear & come over to bandit country & visit Grumpy's???It certainly won't be happening again as it was top night musically & atmosphere with the added bonus of seeing Joan's beaming smile all night as she celebrated her 21st  :D

The only slight problem I have is I can't believe the lovely Joan knows that many nutters (not seen that many in one room for quite awhile :lol:) so I think those reprobates must have come to see Phil :wicked:

Cheers

Martyn

PS On the way home I had the pleasure of visiting parts of Runcorn that people who live in Runcorn don't know exists..........bloody diversion :lol:

 

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Well there you go, The Widnes tourist board will be eternally indebted to Grumpy Soul for all those nocturnal visitors they've introduced to their fair town :lol: even if a few reidents have awaken to find their milk missing :wicked:

Get yourself down there Phil you might be entitled to grant on your new amp !

Dave

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Oi Dave. I used to be a milkman (Job when at school ) in Widnes and a fully paid up member of the Widnes tourist board. I hope it was gold topped milk and not that nampy pamby semi skimmed puff stuff that was borrowed 

Steve

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