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Wow what a night , first bank holliday of the year and it was a fantastic night dance floor packed from start to finish a capasity crowd in and a great atmosphere , massive thanks to all the guest DJs for brilliant spots , young jonah , Ian G ,and Mick H thanks a million lads . Get your tickets early for sun 4th may cos theyre allready going weve got rob smith and garry shooter as guests so itle be another bellter .As for the person who threw a drink on my mate while he was DJing , in the words of the john smiths ad YA BARD

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The first Empress of the year and what a fantastic night, but then again I've come to expect nothing less from this fantastic venue.

A constantly packed dancefloor was a testiment to the quality of the DJ's, all surpassing themselves, providing belting spots.

I've already got my ticket in eager anticipation for the next one in May. What an exceptionally high standard you've set yourselves.

As they say a picture tells a thousand words:

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My feet after my escapades on the dancefloor... biggrin.gif

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Wow what a night , first bank holliday of the year and it was a fantastic night dance floor packed from start to finish a capasity crowd in and a great atmosphere , massive thanks to all the guest DJs for brilliant spots , young jonah , Ian G ,and Mick H thanks a million lads . Get your tickets early for sun 4th may cos theyre allready going weve got rob smith and garry shooter as guests so itle be another bellter .As for the person who threw a drink on my mate while he was DJing , in the words of the john smiths ad YA BARD

elnel ,yocky and woody

thanks another brill night you've created a Monster of a soul night also a big thank you for letting our Pete DJ,see you all at Skeggy.

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shades.gif hi yoki ,,nell ,,,woody ,,,another top night of sounds ,,,very nice welcome on the door from yoki and joy ,,,,,we will be back ,,not be long b4 u on at the bentinck ,,,see youi all soon ,,

pete & jayne,, thumbup.gif

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What can I say, absolutely awesome night. Attendance, atmosphere, dance floor, you were already for this first one, weren't you.

Special thanks to guests Mr H and Mr G for living up to thier reputations and keeping the dance floor full. Also thanks to Chris and his staff for all thier help and support.

See you all on May 4th

Best,

Woody

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what a night great music and what a friendly lot they were to. yoki & joy and the rest of the crew well done we enjoyed the whole thing the soul doctor went home in a drunken stoop as usual lol but a big thanks from the kirkby crew a looking forward to seeing you all at skeg a top night lads and las we deffo coming to the next one i put a few pics up go check um out

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The Empress in Mexborough, Easter Sunday March 2008..... Northern Soul as it used to be

A venue packed with people, people out to dance, to socialise, to reminisce, to share a night of northern soul

Why was it such a good night

Why were the tickets sold out well in advance?

Somebody please answer these for me.

I can guess some of it....

Mine hosts Yocky and joy are very, very nice people, unassuming and both friendly and welcoming to the 'inth' degree.

The venue, practically perfect in every way (just slipping in a Disney quote which seems apt to the 'Disney' event.)

A Disney event (or maybe a J.M.Barrie event to be more precise) because the whole place was filled with Peter and Petra Pans just going straight back to their youth, immersing themselves in a northern soul night as they always were and always should be. No pretence, no politics just a big fat dance-dance-dance of a night surrounded by friendliness and soul.....

I personally found the music spun by Woody, Nellie, Ian Gee, Mick 'H' and Yocky not challenging enough, that's just a personal opinion but believe me it was a veritable A to Z of Northern Soul Memories infused upon the vinyl of our lives. When I know almost every word of almost every song played I often feel that it's too comforting, not 'challenging' enough but.....

I can't argue with the footfall upon the dance floor, I can't argue with the way these standard sounds were embraced and expressed to by the majority.

So if you are lucky to get a ticket for one of these Bank-Holiday Sunday events in Mexborough then don't go expecting something different musically then standard classics mixed in with up-tempo R n B, because THAT'S what's played, and it's THAT which makes it a perfect evening of Northern Soul, just how it used to be.

Excellent night,

excellent venue,

excellent crowd!

I will certainly be going again (if I manage to get a magical ticket to the Willie Wonker-esq factory on Northern Soul Heaven in Mexborough, south Yorkshire.

images on web site below

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Early off to Empress for Jonah,Rachel,Gail & I so we can deliver young Pete for his warm up spot & to meet Mick H & Mandy for aperitif's & canape's in the foyer. Upon entering I thought I'd stepped into "Ashes to Ashes" as we were greeted by the spectre of M.C.Hammer-Goddard & all I could think was, "Can't touch this, can't touch this, can't touch this, my music hits me so hard, makes me say, Oh Lord, thank you for blessing me, with rhythm and two hyped feet". I was looking round for the De lorean back to the future car & Christopher Lloyd whom I was sure had sold Nell half a zoot suit when I was snapped back to reality by Joy (with Big Mama hugs), Yocky & Jean & a typical warm welcome. :D

So introductions made & off into main room, by 8:15 the place was chocker & buzzing with the dancefloor never empty, infact so full that decks kept getting an odd nudge from people sat on or attempting to get to the stage to request music & of course this made the Dj's a little anxious & fractious to say the least. :lol:

Anyway it's Oldies all the way here Coops & woe betide anyone who has the audacity to play anything too modern or different, because besides being booed off they'd most likely be lynched but you know that when(if available) you buy a ticket, it's a big social gathering on a holiday of drunken Soulies (unless your a designated driver for the evening) dancing the night away & enjoying every minute & long may it reign.So from that prospective the music was bang on & Ian Gee & Mick together with the residents did what they are paid for, to entertain.Also I know that Mick & Mandy thoroughly enjoyed it & said it won't be 12 months this time before they're back. thumbup.gif

So get your ticket now for the next one,cos most will have already been snapped up on the night & you don't want to be a last minute Larry. no.gif

Take care, be safe & remember,"It's Hammer time",

Spot. :lol:

p.s. Yocky I'm never lost for words my friend, you should know that & anyway nothing Nell does ever suprises me. :lol:

Edited by spot

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Sorry for the delay in Thanking everyone for their support but technology has struck us and we have been off line. :yes:

I must agree with all your wonderful comments and they are all gratefully received. It was amaizing to see so many different members of such wonderful soul venues from around the country who had travelled to support Empress Rooms Soul night.Bentick,

East Kirkby,Sixhills,Kingsway Hall Forrest Town, Royston Civic, Okeh Club,Barnbrugh,

Denaby Welfare, Kingstone United, Trades, Harold Club, Manifesto, and

Skegness Weekender, to name a few we are sorry if we have missed anyone out but really grateful you all came and joined us. :lol:

Lovely to see some new faces aswell as our devoted supporters who we are grateful to you all, as with out your support we wouldn't be able to put this venue on. Me thinks we ought to rename the Empress to The Willy Wonker Soul Club ( with white socks on!)

Mr Coops thank you, such lovely comments will see you at Skegness. :wicked:

Gail and Spot alway nice to see you two, Hugs all round you special people love you to bit's.Hey Mr G and Mr H THANK YOU you did the business for us. A big thank you to Paul from Soul Galore (good luck with your new venue in Wakefield) and Derek Greenoff for the record Bar and a massive thank you to Paul, Chris and all the staff who work so hard on our soul nights ( missed Fiona though) who do a fantastic job. :lol:

Until our next Bank holiday soul night on the 4th MAY 2008 with Rob Smith and

Gary Shooter Take care everyone and safe travelling to all the soul nights across the UK. If you are going to The Skegness weekender for some soul medication the Soul Doctor and the Night Nurse will be there and so will we. See you all soon. :ohmy::lol:

Love

Yocky and Jx

Edited by soulcrew

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Sorry for the delay in Thanking everyone for their support but technology has struck us and we have been off line. :(

I must agree with all your wonderful comments and they are all gratefully received. It was amaizing to see so many different members of such wonderful soul venues from around the country who had travelled to support Empress Rooms Soul night.Bentick,

East Kirkby,Sixhills,Kingsway Hall Forrest Town, Royston Civic, Okeh Club,Barnbrugh,

Denaby Welfare, Kingstone United, Trades, Harold Club, Manifesto, and

Skegness Weekender, to name a few we are sorry if we have missed anyone out but really grateful you all came and joined us. thumbup.gif

Lovely to see some new faces aswell as our devoted supporters who we are grateful to you all, as with out your support we wouldn't be able to put this venue on. Me thinks we ought to rename the Empress to The Willy Wonker Soul Club ( with white socks on!)

Mr Coops thank you, such lovely comments will see you at Skegness. :lol:

Gail and Spot alway nice to see you two, Hugs all round you special people love you to bit's.Hey Mr G and Mr H THANK YOU you did the business for us. A big thank you to Paul from Soul Galore (good luck with your new venue in Wakefield) and Derek Greenoff for the record Bar and a massive thank you to Paul, Chris and all the staff who work so hard on our soul nights ( missed Fiona though) who do a fantastic job. thumbup.gif

Until our next Bank holiday soul night on the 4th MAY 2008 with Rob Smith and

Gary Shooter Take care everyone and safe travelling to all the soul nights across the UK. If you are going to The Skegness weekender for some soul medication the Soul Doctor and the Night Nurse will be there and so will we. See you all soon. :lol::D

Love

Yocky and Jx

it was my pleasure, and a great night.

just knocked up a quick 'tribute movie' of the event it's on..

http://ournorthernsouls.org/mexmove.aspx

:rolleyes:

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Sorry for the delay in Thanking everyone for their support but technology has struck us and we have been off line. :lol:

I must agree with all your wonderful comments and they are all gratefully received. It was amaizing to see so many different members of such wonderful soul venues from around the country who had travelled to support Empress Rooms Soul night.Bentick,

East Kirkby,Sixhills,Kingsway Hall Forrest Town, Royston Civic, Okeh Club,Barnbrugh,

Denaby Welfare, Kingstone United, Trades, Harold Club, Manifesto, and

Skegness Weekender, to name a few we are sorry if we have missed anyone out but really grateful you all came and joined us. thumbup.gif

Lovely to see some new faces aswell as our devoted supporters who we are grateful to you all, as with out your support we wouldn't be able to put this venue on. Me thinks we ought to rename the Empress to The Willy Wonker Soul Club ( with white socks on!)

Mr Coops thank you, such lovely comments will see you at Skegness. :lol:

Gail and Spot alway nice to see you two, Hugs all round you special people love you to bit's.Hey Mr G and Mr H THANK YOU you did the business for us. A big thank you to Paul from Soul Galore (good luck with your new venue in Wakefield) and Derek Greenoff for the record Bar and a massive thank you to Paul, Chris and all the staff who work so hard on our soul nights ( missed Fiona though) who do a fantastic job. thumbup.gif

Until our next Bank holiday soul night on the 4th MAY 2008 with Rob Smith and

Gary Shooter Take care everyone and safe travelling to all the soul nights across the UK. If you are going to The Skegness weekender for some soul medication the Soul Doctor and the Night Nurse will be there and so will we. See you all soon. :lol::lol:

Love

Yocky and Jx

HI TO YOCKY & JOY WHAT A WARM WELCOME AND A CRACKING NIGHT. HAD A FAB WEEKEND WITH THE CREAM CRACKER ON SATURDAY AND WILLY WONKERS ON SUNDAY. JUST THE PERFECT WARM UP FOR SKEG. YES THE GOOD DOCTOR WILL BE THERE BUT ALAS MY NEW REG FOR THE CAR WON'T BE READY ON TIME (N500 LDR or N 5OUL DR... JUST NEED TO TINKER WITH THE "0" ABIT)

THANX FOR A GOOD ONE,

SKEGGY..........BRING IT ON biggrin.gif

SEES YER THERE

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mrs yokey just to tell you we now got tickets for skeg trust me to forget um booked accom 3 month ago a for got to get the tickets trust me hey but thanks anyway for your help see you at skeg

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A BIG THANKS TO WOODY, NEL & YOCKY (THE 3 AMIGOS) FOR PUTTING ON A GREAT BANK HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA. WE HAD A GREAT TIME. NICE TO SEE LOTS OF OLD FACES FROM THE PAST. ALL DJS PLAYED EXCELLENT SPOTS & KEPT THE DANCE FLOOR BUSY ALL NIGHT.

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE thumbup.gif

SEE YOU ALL SOON

AV & PETE

Manifesto Soul Club

Kellingley Club

Marine Villa Road

Knottingley

West Yorkshire

WF11 8ER

2nd Friday of every month

Next date - Friday 11 April - Guest DJs Woody & Nel (Empress Ballroom, Mexborough)

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G'Day Y'all, Well nothing but positive feedback for these nights, would'nt expect anything other with Nell at the helm. Am gonna be gutted i won't be able to make it for the August do, buggers won't give me the extra holiday time this year. Was really looking forward to spinning some crucial sounds for the Empress dancers too. Oh well. the good news is Sue and i WILL BE at the Skeggy weekender so get the beers on ice.

Congrats on a successful soul night, keep it up. Stay soulful. See yas sooooooooooon

Tony " T BONE " South West Soul. Western Australia.

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