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Does anyone out there remember the Broken Wheel, Retford, Notts, soul nights and alldayers in the mid seventies? The lifespan of this event was short but I thought very sweet. The organisers were Eddy Law and his wife Pat who became great friends of mine at the time and I think it was a great shame that this event was so short lived ( just two or three nights I think and a couple of alldayers) The venue was an old warehouse or something right next to the canal, that was indeed very broken! I understood from Eddy and Pat that they had frequented this club in the late sixties as a start to the night before going on to the twisted wheel in manchester. This mid 70s venue was very quickly well attended by soul fans from all over country and especially attended I remember by the newark soul crowd. Upstairs was a seating area and then you went down some steep old wooden stairs to the dancefloor, small but atmospheric ( or was that the damp from the canal?) The ceiling was very low and had oak beams running across and I remember A very tall Retford chap called big John who had to shuffle from one side of the dancefloor to the other in between the beams so that he didnt bang his head! I also remember a couple of Retford girls who went to the first alldayer agog at all the soul fans, and went to the second alldayer with brand new holdalls stuffed with clothes and covered with soul badges from places they had never been to so they didnt feel left out! Eddy Law wacked out a fair sum on the Djs who included John Vincent ,Kev Roberts and other top names.

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Does anyone out there remember the Broken Wheel, Retford, Notts, soul nights and alldayers in the mid seventies? The lifespan of this event was short but I thought very sweet. The organisers were Eddy Law and his wife Pat who became great friends of mine at the time and I think it was a great shame that this event was so short lived ( just two or three nights I think and a couple of alldayers) The venue was an old warehouse or something right next to the canal, that was indeed very broken! I understood from Eddy and Pat that they had frequented this club in the late sixties as a start to the night before going on to the twisted wheel in manchester. This mid 70s venue was very quickly well attended by soul fans from all over country and especially attended I remember by the newark soul crowd. Upstairs was a seating area and then you went down some steep old wooden stairs to the dancefloor, small but atmospheric ( or was that the damp from the canal?) The ceiling was very low and had oak beams running across and I remember A very tall Retford chap called big John who had to shuffle from one side of the dancefloor to the other in between the beams so that he didnt bang his head! I also remember a couple of Retford girls who went to the first alldayer agog at all the soul fans, and went to the second alldayer with brand new holdalls stuffed with clothes and covered with soul badges from places they had never been to so they didnt feel left out! Eddy Law wacked out a fair sum on the Djs who included John Vincent ,Kev Roberts and other top names.

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Hi Buddie,

Yes I remember, Roger, but you spelled my name wrong it is Eddie not Eddy. The Broken Wheel was the first of my ventures into promotion and NS, I also used to DJ on Sunday nights at the little club down by the river in Retford belonging to the Aquarius club in Lincoln; that long ago I cant even remember the name. My next venture was the Wakefield unity hall all - nighters, this was a great venue and used to get around 1,000 people. I think I charged about a pound entrance fee which was a little cheap those days, but it wasn't about the money but the music. I remember getting back home to Retford one Sunday morning and seeing with horror a front page article about 'Rat Poison pills sold at all night concert in Wakefield' splashed on the front page of The News Of The World newspaper. It turned out they caught someone outside with some Warfarin tabs. The town council let me have one more after that and I played the last record of the night with the curtains slowly closing, "It's all over" great sound sad event, but hey, life goes on. Sadly Pat and I split after 15 years of marriage and I am now on wife number 3 and living in Singapore, a little island off the tip of malaysia; even here there are guy's who still love NS and still buy the vinyl although I must admit my tastes have broadened over the years. I still have thousands of sounds on my I-Pod and on occasion, normally after a session on the beer, will break it out and dance around my condo like I was eighteen again; not bad for 56! Incidentally in your comments you mentioned the Twisted Wheel but we also used to go to The Mojo in Sheffield run by Pete Stringfellow who later come to be known world wide as the King of Clubs; I once tried to call him at Stringfellows in London for VIP tickets to impress my 2cnd wife on our anniversary only to be told to 'Buggar Off', he he! Other places, Wigan Casino, Blackpool Mecca highland room, Samantha's, Jeez I could go on and on...Great days and we had a great time. The world seemed safer then, fighting was mostly once or twice a year and limited to Mods and Rockers at places like Skeggie or Brighton. Our genre was our badge and cameradie wherever nighter or dayer we decided to go. Dave Godin once said to me that Northern Soul was another form of rebellion; not sure if he was right, but it sure felt right at the time. Anyone out there with copies of Black Music magazine with my articles inside?? Wow is that post 2006 Roger? I am a bit late then!

Keep the Faith, Eddie

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Good thread, I'd totally forgotten about these all-dayers and indeed Eddy

Being local (Warsop near Mansfield before moving to Worksop) it was on my doorstep and I think I went twice, again if you'd asked me I though these ran more than the 3 times mentioned. They were really good. The original Broken Wheel always had an air of "Mystique" about it being one of the original Mod venues, but I think this was a different venue with the same name.

Hi Eddy, I was a very young kid, but contacted you several times on the 'phone maybe early eighties, re copies of Blues & Soul and records you were selling. I seem to recall you telling me some great tales of the early scene! (nuff said !)

Nice to hear you are still around and keeping an eye on things, have you seen Malc Burton is a member on here ?

I don't know if you get back to Retford at all, but "The Broken Wheel" name is alive and well in yet another location, a pub on the cross roads where you turn for North Leverton.

Rob.

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Does anyone out there remember the Broken Wheel, Retford, Notts, soul nights and alldayers in the mid seventies? The lifespan of this event was short but I thought very sweet. The organisers were Eddy Law and his wife Pat who became great friends of mine at the time and I think it was a great shame that this event was so short lived ( just two or three nights I think and a couple of alldayers) The venue was an old warehouse or something right next to the canal, that was indeed very broken! I understood from Eddy and Pat that they had frequented this club in the late sixties as a start to the night before going on to the twisted wheel in manchester. This mid 70s venue was very quickly well attended by soul fans from all over country and especially attended I remember by the newark soul crowd. Upstairs was a seating area and then you went down some steep old wooden stairs to the dancefloor, small but atmospheric ( or was that the damp from the canal?) The ceiling was very low and had oak beams running across and I remember A very tall Retford chap called big John who had to shuffle from one side of the dancefloor to the other in between the beams so that he didnt bang his head! I also remember a couple of Retford girls who went to the first alldayer agog at all the soul fans, and went to the second alldayer with brand new holdalls stuffed with clothes and covered with soul badges from places they had never been to so they didnt feel left out! Eddy Law wacked out a fair sum on the Djs who included John Vincent ,Kev Roberts and other top names.

VAGUELY REMEMBER THIS VENUE, I WAS LIVING IN MANSFIELD & GOING WITH A GIRL FROM WARSOP, THINK BIG JOHN IS STILL ON THE GO, LIVING IN NOTTINGHAM..

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VAGUELY REMEMBER THIS VENUE, I WAS LIVING IN MANSFIELD & GOING WITH A GIRL FROM WARSOP, THINK BIG JOHN IS STILL ON THE GO, LIVING IN NOTTINGHAM..

Yes, I remember the Venue, I also used to Visit a record Shop in Retford down by the Canal.

It had some top tunes there in the 70's, Soul Packs opened up to reveal many hidden gems.

The Soul Packs you could only see two of the records, front & back through the polythene.

Once opened, a fantastic Lucky Dip.

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Yes, I remember the Venue, I also used to Visit a record Shop in Retford down by the Canal.

It had some top tunes there in the 70's, Soul Packs opened up to reveal many hidden gems.

The Soul Packs you could only see two of the records, front & back through the polythene.

Once opened, a fantastic Lucky Dip.

Hi Roger,

That was me again, Eddie Law, I opened a record shop on Albert Road next to a small lane that led down to the canal and the Broken Wheel. The sounds I picked up in job lots from the States and had some fantastic bargains. I once found a white demo copy of the isley brothers 'pay your dues' amongst them. Never made any money at it but again I had a great time and met some wonderful people. You guy's have got me thinking again about the whole scene as it was and looking around the internet I am surprised to see how big it is again! I lost touch with my sisters in Burnley but it now looks as though a PI has found them so I may make a trip back to Burnley this year, anyone care to give me some ideas where to go to hear some good Northern Soul in Burnley??

Eddie

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Good thread, I'd totally forgotten about these all-dayers and indeed Eddy

Being local (Warsop near Mansfield before moving to Worksop) it was on my doorstep and I think I went twice, again if you'd asked me I though these ran more than the 3 times mentioned. They were really good. The original Broken Wheel always had an air of "Mystique" about it being one of the original Mod venues, but I think this was a different venue with the same name.

Hi Eddy, I was a very young kid, but contacted you several times on the 'phone maybe early eighties, re copies of Blues & Soul and records you were selling. I seem to recall you telling me some great tales of the early scene! (nuff said !)

Nice to hear you are still around and keeping an eye on things, have you seen Malc Burton is a member on here ?

I don't know if you get back to Retford at all, but "The Broken Wheel" name is alive and well in yet another location, a pub on the cross roads where you turn for North Leverton.

Rob.

Hi Rob,

Thanks for your reply, I actually just replied to '45Cellar' a bit further down before seeing your mail. To be honest with you I fail to remember your calls but that is probably down to being an 'old git' now he he!

I know North Leverton having worked at both West Burton and Cottam back in the days, but can't remember the pub you refer to? I am amazed at how big the scene still is and if you read my earlier post I am intending visiting the UK this year and would love to go a couple of venues, any suggestions greatly appreciated. Nice to hear from you,

Eddie

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When I was a lad I saw Roy C there (he sang 'Shotgun Wedding' three times) and the Drifters (think it was the Invitations really :lol::) ) around 70 / 71.

I seem to recall that Billy Stewart had once appeared there (but a year or two before my time).

Legendary venue around my part of the world and happy, but distant, memories.

:D

Sean

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When I was a lad I saw Roy C there (he sang 'Shotgun Wedding' three times) and the Drifters (think it was the Invitations really :lol::lol: ) around 70 / 71.

I seem to recall that Billy Stewart had once appeared there (but a year or two before my time).

Legendary venue around my part of the world and happy, but distant, memories.

:D

Sean

You are quite right with The " Drifters " / Invitations connection , Sean ........

As you are well aware , there were countless imitations of such notable groups such as The Drifters , Isley Brothers etc. , and artists , such as Inez and Charlie Foxx , Arthur Conley . Lee Dorsey , doing " the rounds " in clubs in the late 60s and early 70s : what was not general knowlwdge at the time , was that what we would now call " tribute " acts , were notable / creditable name groups and singers in their own right ........

I had seen one particular " Drifters " several times at The Bin Lid in Dewsbury , and once at The Tinned Chicken , in Castleford ; It was not until many years later , that I found out that they really were The Invitaions .......

I am not certain , but I seem to recall that The Incredibles also toured as The Drifters ........

It is very possible that Billy Stewart played the BW : If he did , I am sure it will have been on the same night that he played The Attic in Doncaster ( New Years' Eve . 1969 ) , which was shortly before he died , when the car he was driving ( along with three members of his band ) , plunged into the Neuse River , in Selma , North Carolina , on January 17th 1970 .......

You were subjected to Roy C only doing " SW " three times ? - you were lucky : he did the stated opus SEVEN times at

The Torch :) .........

Malc Burton

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Hi Roger,

That was me again, Eddie Law, I opened a record shop on Albert Road next to a small lane that led down to the canal and the Broken Wheel. The sounds I picked up in job lots from the States and had some fantastic bargains. I once found a white demo copy of the isley brothers 'pay your dues' amongst them. Never made any money at it but again I had a great time and met some wonderful people. You guy's have got me thinking again about the whole scene as it was and looking around the internet I am surprised to see how big it is again! I lost touch with my sisters in Burnley but it now looks as though a PI has found them so I may make a trip back to Burnley this year, anyone care to give me some ideas where to go to hear some good Northern Soul in Burnley??

Eddie

Hi Eddie

I remember your shop well, in fact I sold/traded some records with you as well as buying them.

The Chiffons He's So Fine on Stateside was one I remember selling,

Piece Of My Heart - Erma Franklin - Jay Boy DEMO.

If I remember correctly you had a copy of

The Markets Stirring Up Some Soul on British Warner Brothers at the time,

(& as I had only recently sold my copy) it sort of stuck in my mind.

I also remember seeing a few Champion White DEMO's of Touch Of Venus in your shop.

Didn't you move premises away from the Canal at one point.

Great to be in touch after all of these years.

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When I was a lad I saw Roy C there (he sang 'Shotgun Wedding' three times) and the Drifters (think it was the Invitations really :lol::lol: ) around 70 / 71.

I seem to recall that Billy Stewart had once appeared there (but a year or two before my time).

Legendary venue around my part of the world and happy, but distant, memories.

:D

Sean

Spot on once again Sean - I went prior to joining the military (68/9) and it was THE Mod hangout around here - straight after the 1812 :thumbsup:tongue.gif:lol::ohmy:

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Hi Rob,

Thanks for your reply, I actually just replied to '45Cellar' a bit further down before seeing your mail. To be honest with you I fail to remember your calls but that is probably down to being an 'old git' now he he!

I know North Leverton having worked at both West Burton and Cottam back in the days, but can't remember the pub you refer to? I am amazed at how big the scene still is and if you read my earlier post I am intending visiting the UK this year and would love to go a couple of venues, any suggestions greatly appreciated. Nice to hear from you,

Eddie

OK eddie' there's an all nighter running in Burnley at the moment, so you should have a great time , also plenty of "do's" within spitting distance, Rolls Royce at Barnoldswick, Bury Town Hall

the greaystone near old trafford, plenty to go to and the Twisted wheel also runs several times a month, but with classic wheel sounds on the last friday --

take care

rob

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Spot on once again Sean - I went prior to joining the military (68/9) and it was THE Mod hangout around here - straight after the 1812 whistling.giftongue.gif:P:lol:

Very likely to be the first mention on SS for The 1812 , since Sean Hampsey and myself included it in advertising , for the first " Harlem Shuffle " we held at The Clifton Hall in Rotherham , on September 26th 1987 .......

Malc Burton

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Very likely to be the first mention on SS for The 1812 , since Sean Hampsey and myself included it in advertising , for the first " Harlem Shuffle " we held at The Clifton Hall in Rotherham , on September 26th 1987 .......

Malc Burton

1812 blimey where many soul apprenticeships began :wave:

They played a mix of pop & soul but it was a very decent grounding for the likes of me - oh yeah that AND The Roadrunner at Aston CC :lol:

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Good thread, I'd totally forgotten about these all-dayers and indeed Eddy

Being local (Warsop near Mansfield before moving to Worksop) it was on my doorstep and I think I went twice, again if you'd asked me I though these ran more than the 3 times mentioned. They were really good. The original Broken Wheel always had an air of "Mystique" about it being one of the original Mod venues, but I think this was a different venue with the same name.

Hi Eddy, I was a very young kid, but contacted you several times on the 'phone maybe early eighties, re copies of Blues & Soul and records you were selling. I seem to recall you telling me some great tales of the early scene! (nuff said !)

Nice to hear you are still around and keeping an eye on things, have you seen Malc Burton is a member on here ?

I don't know if you get back to Retford at all, but "The Broken Wheel" name is alive and well in yet another location, a pub on the cross roads where you turn for North Leverton.

Rob.

I live in Retford, the old place is still there but sitting derelict - it was a bike repair shop up to about five years ago. They are always talked about in the local area, it would make a fantastic venue, for someone with a lot of money... The new pub is a punk/goth hangout, not a soul place.

Retford soul nights are now held at the masonic hall next to the canal, about 100 metres away!!!

can never get any info on them though (must try and learn that handshake!)

Jon

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I've been to the Retford Soul Nights at the Masonic

Decent venue and a really nice crowd there

Dunno about the handshakes but the free cake on the bar was nice - and it wasn't spiked either.

get along and support, Pete is the promotor/DJ, good bloke and as I said a real friendly crowd too

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I've been to the Retford Soul Nights at the Masonic

Decent venue and a really nice crowd there

Dunno about the handshakes but the free cake on the bar was nice - and it wasn't spiked either.

get along and support, Pete is the promotor/DJ, good bloke and as I said a real friendly crowd too

Will be at the next one - first friday of the month!

:D

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Will be at the next one - first friday of the month!

:rolleyes:

I dont think Pete will mind me stepping in and mentioning that There will be no do at the Masonic first friday in August as they are taking a break. Back in September though, First Friday. Hope this helps?

Midge

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I dont think Pete will mind me stepping in and mentioning that There will be no do at the Masonic first friday in August as they are taking a break. Back in September though, First Friday. Hope this helps?

Midge

:lol: thanks :D

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Does anyone out there remember the Broken Wheel, Retford, Notts, soul nights and alldayers in the mid seventies? The lifespan of this event was short but I thought very sweet. The organisers were Eddy Law and his wife Pat who became great friends of mine at the time and I think it was a great shame that this event was so short lived ( just two or three nights I think and a couple of alldayers) The venue was an old warehouse or something right next to the canal, that was indeed very broken! I understood from Eddy and Pat that they had frequented this club in the late sixties as a start to the night before going on to the twisted wheel in manchester. This mid 70s venue was very quickly well attended by soul fans from all over country and especially attended I remember by the newark soul crowd. Upstairs was a seating area and then you went down some steep old wooden stairs to the dancefloor, small but atmospheric ( or was that the damp from the canal?) The ceiling was very low and had oak beams running across and I remember A very tall Retford chap called big John who had to shuffle from one side of the dancefloor to the other in between the beams so that he didnt bang his head! I also remember a couple of Retford girls who went to the first alldayer agog at all the soul fans, and went to the second alldayer with brand new holdalls stuffed with clothes and covered with soul badges from places they had never been to so they didnt feel left out! Eddy Law wacked out a fair sum on the Djs who included John Vincent ,Kev Roberts and other top names.

hi several of us from sheffield used to go to the broken wheel to meet up with knocker ,little paul beard ,haddock ,smiggsy and from there go to the twisted wheel and night owl in leicester,in 1967-1968 as stringfellows mojo had gone hippy/flowerpower and lost its allnight licence

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THE BROKEN WHEEL IS NOW .A DERELICT BUILDING .I DIDNT START GOING UNTIL LATE ON IN ITS LIFE .AT THAT TIME IT WAS OWNED AND RUN BY A GUY CALLED .LENNY ASKEW. I STARTED MY DJing HERE AND I EVENTUALLY MET EDDIE LAW THROUGH HIS SISTER IN LAW I HELPED HIM SET UP THE ALLDAYERS AT THE WHEEL I RECALL WE HAD TROUBLE WITH RECORDS JUMPING DUE TO THE FLOOR VIBRATING FROM THE DANCING .FOR THE FOLLOWING GIGS I SUSPEDED THE DECKS FROM THE CIELING AND THIS OVERCAME THE PROBLEM.EDDIES RECORD SHOP WAS CALLED LAZY DOG RECORDS INITIALLY IN WEST STREET THEN IT MOVED ON TO CAROLGATE. THE OTHER VENUE EDDIE DJd AT WAS THE AQUARIUS 2 ON BRIDGE GATE HE TOOK OVER FROM ME ON SUNDAY NIGHTS. USING MY SOUL COLLECTION PLUS HIS NORTHERN [ I ENDED UP BUYING MOST OF THEM ] I ALSO HELPED EDDIE AND PAT WITH THE WAKEFIELD ALLNIGHTERS .I RECALL BEING STOOD UP ON THE BALCONY IN THE MAIN ROOM WHEN A GUY SAID THAT IF YOU COULD HARNESS THE ENERGY IN THAT ROOM YOU WOULD SOLVE THE WORLDS ENERGY CRISIS AT A STROKE . I ALSO REMEMBER TAKING EDDIE AND PAT TO BLACKPOOL MECCA. THE NIGHT JNR WALKER & THE ALLSTARS WERE ON [ I AINT GOING NOWHERE ] EDDIE ALSO DISCOVERED THE RECORD DIZZY . BY LESTER LANIN .ON ONE OF HIS TRIPS TO THE USA .AND SOLD IT TO IAN LEVINE WHO SUSEQUENTLY PRESSED IT. THE TALL GUY MENTIONED IN THE EARLIER TEXT REFERS TO ONE OR OTHER OF THE SCHOFFIELD BROTHERS JOHN NOW LIVES IN LINCOLN .WHILE KIETH STILL LIVES IN RETFORD.AS EDDIE SAYS HIM & PAT EVENTUALLY SPLIT UP AND ALL COTACT WAS LOST . OTHER MEMORIES OF THE BROKEN WHEEL AND SOUL CROWD DAYS MEETING POINTS BEFORE GOING TO WHEEL THE SHIP INN. WHITE LION. ANCHOR. CLINTON ARMS . ALBERT HOTEL .. THE RIFLEMANS . DOORMEN .; BIG BRIAN & JOHN . SOME OF THE CROWD I REMEMBER ;;;; EDDIE 'PAT' COOCH COOPER ' CHUCKER ALLEN' PHIL& STEVE WRIGHT ;MICK & COLIN BENNET; LITTLE JOHN ; THE SCHOFFIELD BROTHERS; JIMMY INCE; SKELLY; TERRY BROWN ;; WILLIE DIXON ;;WINKER WATSON ; JEFF FADE ;; DIANE HAIGE ;CAROL WATSON ; LITTLE LYNN;; MONTY ;POE HENSHAW ; PLUS ALL THE OTHERS IVE MISSED OFF, SOUL MUSIC IS STILL ALIVE AND KICKING IN RETFORD BI MONTHLY AT RETFORD UTD ,CLUBHOUSE , NEXT ONE 9TH APRIL 2011 OR SEE SOUL SOURCE FOR POSTINGS ....... HOPE THIS HAS BEEN OF INTEREST TO YOU . ALL THE BEST SOUL SULLY....

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name. My next venture was the Wakefield unity hall all - nighters, this was a great venue and used to get around 1,000 people. I think I charged about a pound entrance fee which was a little cheap those days, but it wasn't about the money but the music. I remember getting back home to Retford one Sunday morning and seeing with horror a front page

article about 'Rat Poison pills sold at all night concert in Wakefield' splashed on the front page of The News Of The World newspaper. It turned out they caught someone outside with some Warfarin tabs. The town council let me have one more after that and I played the last record of the night with the curtains slowly closing, "It's all over" great sound sad event

Never went to the broken wheel don't know why cos it's not far from us in Chesterfield ??

Shame it sounded great

But I did go the Wakefield nighters twice I think one night think it may have been the night it closed about 2am the local plod +the west yorkie squad came in all the lights on think they stopped the music??

Can't remember if they chucked us all out???

The "rat poison" wafferin would have been in the totally mad mental @backstreet bluies

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It used to be a Sunday Night venue around 1968

Just remember the Sunday "ALLDAYERS"

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name. My next venture was the Wakefield unity hall all - nighters, this was a great venue and used to get around 1,000 people. I think I charged about a pound entrance fee which was a little cheap those days, but it wasn't about the money but the music. I remember getting back home to Retford one Sunday morning and seeing with horror a front page

article about 'Rat Poison pills sold at all night concert in Wakefield' splashed on the front page of The News Of The World newspaper. It turned out they caught someone outside with some Warfarin tabs. The town council let me have one more after that and I played the last record of the night with the curtains slowly closing, "It's all over" great sound sad event

Never went to the broken wheel don't know why cos it's not far from us in Chesterfield ??

Shame it sounded great

But I did go the Wakefield nighters twice I think one night think it may have been the night it closed about 2am the local plod +the west yorkie squad came in all the lights on think they stopped the music??

Can't remember if they chucked us all out???

The "rat poison" wafferin would have been in the totally mad mental @backstreet bluies

fook sake back street blueys sold by the king brothers had totally forgotten about the big scare stories around at the timeno skf printed on em what were those spanish pills called that made an appearance at wigan/samanthasa few years later?

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It was about 77/78 that I can remember a big influx of the totally mad backstreet bluies they made yer eyes shake legs wobble and slurred yer speech for about 5 /10 mins the you were ok just speed rush after that allegedly !!!!

Don't remember the Spanish ones but I didn't start going nighters till 76

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i must have had some of these [eyes shake legs wobble ] here's me thinkin its old age . retford soul nights now back at masonic hall carogate 2nd satuday of the month . with soul sully and guests

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My names Roger Metcalf and I lived at Gainsborough in them days, I put the original letter on here under the name roger riker...I knew Eddie and Pat very well...went to allnighters and alldayers with them...bought records round at their flat...only just seen his reply from 8 yrs ago!

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On ‎25‎/‎04‎/‎2011 at 21:36, spike1 said:

It was about 77/78 that I can remember a big influx of the totally mad backstreet bluies they made yer eyes shake legs wobble and slurred yer speech for about 5 /10 mins the you were ok just speed rush after that allegedly !!!!

Don't remember the Spanish ones but I didn't start going nighters till 76

I remember taking some on the way to wigan casino...when I got out of the car I went all wobbly and dizzy and fell onto the car bonnet

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Remember it well,    it had a low ceiling,  very hot ,  must have enjoyed it so much, that I can remember staying until the end and ended up having to thumb it home with two of the Mansfield lads .. Olly and Barky.  We walked most of the way until the police eventually picked us up at ollerton

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On ‎02‎/‎06‎/‎2008 at 02:58, Sean Hampsey said:

When I was a lad I saw Roy C there (he sang 'Shotgun Wedding' three times) and the Drifters (think it was the Invitations really :lol::) ) around 70 / 71.

 

I seem to recall that Billy Stewart had once appeared there (but a year or two before my time).

 

Legendary venue around my part of the world and happy, but distant, memories.

 

:D

 

Sean

A GANG OF US FROM ROTHERHAM STARTED GOIN...................DON'T REMEMBER YEAR ??.................THE GUY WHO RAN THE WHEEL USED TO COME INTO R'HAM & PICK US UP IN A BATTERED OLD COACH-TAKE US DOWN TO RETFORD & THEN BACK TO TOWN AFTER

THEY WERE "ALL DAYERS" AT THAT TIME.............NEVER FORGET THE FIRST TIME-THERE WAS A GUY DRESSED AS A COURT JESTER ON THE COACH !!! BELLS ON HIS HAT ETC......................HE TURNED OUT TO BE THE DJ

WE WOULD STOP AT WORKSOP TO PICK A CROWD UP............FINK THE GUY WAS CALLED BRIAN [BIG FELLA/BEARDED] WHO RAN IT ??

SAW A FEW ACTS INCLUDING EDDIE FLOYD & COASTERS

ALWAYS PLENTY OF SCRAPPIN'.........CHASIN' WOMEN ETC

 

 

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I put this post on originaly i'm Roger Metcalf....I remember DJ Derek Sheldon from Rotherham Djing at one of the  soulnights...He was smashed out his head on gear and while Djing was jumping down onto the dancefloor to dance and making the records jump at the same time lol

 

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