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  1. News/Article/Feature Highlight: Keith Minshull 70th In Isolation !! View full article
  2. This coming Wednesday the 29th July 2020 Is my life long friend Keith Minshulls 70th Birthday. Because he is shielding as per government guidelines Keith has been isolating at home with his dog Bobby since March. So I thought it would be a nice idea to put up the fact that it is his 70th Birthday so you can send him a HB message which I know he would appreciate. I have known Keith since I was 16 years old and in my opinion he is one of the most important originators of this scene we call Northern Soul. We met in a local record shop in Kidsgrove Steeles on Market Street in 1969and were inseparable for many years chasing and collecting records from Sherwins in Hanley Bews in Burslem, Ralphs in Manchester, Reddingtons in Birmingham, F L Moore in Bedford, Woolworths in Newcastle Under Lyme, Oldies Unlimited Telford, Bradford Market, Picadilly Records Manchester, Selecta Disc Nottingham & many many more. He has never flinched from supporting and collecting the music from the Twisted Wheel, Torch, Wigan Casino, Stafford and beyond!! We did our first promotion together at Talke Pits Village Hall, Stoke On Trent in 1969. We Dj'ed together at The Torch pre and throughout the World Famous Allnighters. We still today play together when we can but obviously this has been a tough time for us all. So all I ask is that if you have any pics stories or memories of Keith to add them to your Happy Birthday Wishes!! It would lift his spirits more than you would know!! Thank You Colin Curtis
  3. 4pm till 2am 10 hours of Blackpool Mecca tunes from 60's to 70's
  4. Blackpool Mecca Appreciation Society is proud present The Annual Mecca (Highland Room) Extravaganza on Saturday 16th November 2019 at The Mercure Haydock Hotel, Haydock (Just off Junction 23 of the M6) WA11 9SG Rooms are available to book now at £55 for a double without breakfast or £65 for a double with breakfast or £60 single. Please call the hotel to book direct to get these rates on 01942 292004 during office hours preferably!! You must tell them you are with the Mecca night. Any problems please ask to speak to Dawn in events. Last year our allocation of rooms sold out so if you think you are coming along and want to stay over, please book as soon as possible! More information on the flyer below! The music starts at 4.00pm playing 60's/70's Northern to 70's Mecca Disco and Jazz Funk from the Highland Room and Mecca All Dayers. Original Highland Room DJ COLIN CURTIS does the honours behind the decks with the Mecca Mafia Pete Haigh Andy Lett and Steve Naylor!! Food is available from the Bar Menu with 20% off for Mecca guests To register for advanced priced tickets....please email Andy Lett at andy.lett@sky.com or Colin at colincurtisconnection@gmail.com or Jan at janbcrowe@gmail.com We will then add you to our advance priced ticket list at £12 or if you choose to just come on the day the door price is £15.00 Always a great time had and always lovely to catch up with 'old' Mecca friends and welcome new friends if they want to check out what all the fuss was about!! Fantastic integrated wooden dance floor is waiting!!
  5. The Highland Room (Blackpool Mecca) Reunion returns to the Mercure Haydock Hotel once again on Saturday 3rd November 2018!! We always love this fabulous event which only comes around once a year! Last years extravaganza was extra special and this one promises to be just as amazing! Dj's once again with the fantastic original Highland Room DJ COLIN CURTIS and the magnificent Mecca Mafia Andy Lett Steve Naylor and Pete Haigh!! No price increase for this event! £12 advance by emailing colincurtisconnection@gmail.com or janbcrowe@gmail.com or andy.lett@sky.com or pay on the door at £15. Hotel rooms are available to book by calling the hotel direct on 0871 376 9044 or 01942 292004 during office hours . Dawn in events is our contact so please speak with her if there are any booking issues. To get our negotiated rate you must call the hotel direct . £55 double room only or £65 for a double including breakfast, or £60 single with breakfast.Food and Drinks promotions will be available on the day! We very much look forward to welcoming you to this great event.
  6. We ALL loved the Tiffany's All Dayers on a SUNDAY!! THIS EVENT WILL FEATURE THE BEST NORTHERN SOUL FROM THIS GOLDEN ERA AT TIFFANYS ( Torch Mecca Catacombs )Please come and join us for our 2nd Reunion on BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST 2018!! The first one was a blast from start to finish so we hope you will be able to make it again for the 2018 event! Incredible original Dj's with Colin Curtis Ian Pep Pereira Keith Minshull Nige Brown John Murphy and Tim Ashibende!! We are delighted to also welcome Dave Evison to the 2018 line up!Rooms available to book at the amazing hotel that is The North Staffordshire Hotel, directly opposite Stoke Station and literally 25 metres from the station to the front door of the hotel.You can pay on the door with the Ticket price at just £10 but please feel free to email one of us to let us know if your coming along!! Always good to know!!! Please email myself janbcrowe@gmail.com or colincurtisconnection@gmail.com TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN PERSON FROM JANET CROWE COLIN CURTIS KEITH MINSHULL DAVE EVISON JOHN MURPHY AND SUZANNE POSSENTE!! BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST 2018!! Amazing large integrated wooden dance floor!!Hotel Rooms available to book direct at the hotel. Please call 01782 744477 and ask to speak to LESLEY during office hours. This is a great rate and only available by booking direct with LESLEY. Please book as soon as possible as these rooms will go quickly.Single £45.00 Double £60.00 Family £75.00 Inclusive of Breakfast!The North Stafford HotelStation RoadStoke-on-TrentST4 2AE(Directly opposite Stoke station)
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  9. In 1967 Colin Curtis signed to the Mecca Organization to DJ at the Thursday and Sunday Soul Nights with then Manager Ernie Shaw. The Sunday nights proved to be a huge success in The Bali Hai attracting full houses most weeks. Initially Colin Dj'd this room with John Murphy but later, Keith Minshull, Pep and Soul Sam were added to make up an extra ordinary team of DJ's. Sunday nights became really significant at Tiffany's on the Northern Soul Scene, as musically you could hear the best known sounds from the Blackpool Mecca, The Catacombs and Soul Sam's adventures all in one room!Through this period the Mecca also booked great soul acts such as Jackie Wilson, Sam & Dave, Bobby Hebb, Arthur Conley and Major Lance etc, etc and the soul interest grew and grew. Tiffany's then started to feature All Dayer's which brought in more outside Dj's as it made use of the main ballroom as well as the Bali Hai. Tiffany's was also the venue where Colin hooked up with a Mecca relief manager called Tom West. Tom had worked for a few weeks in Newcastle Under Lyme before returning to Blackpool and arranging with Bill Pye, Mecca Area Manager, to re-open the famous Blackpool Mecca Highland Room. These Soul nights brought in Colin and Keith Minshull as Dj's and eventually Ian Levine . The rest, as they say, is history!!! So this Tiffany's Revival event will be a musical reflection of those halcyon Tiffany's days with some of the stalwart Northern Soul Sounds of the time being featured, played by the original DJ's. This was an important club for Colin in his early days as a DJ so it seems right that we honour this wonderful club and pay tribute to Colin's 50th year as a DJ. We do hope you will be able to join us for this memorable event. Start time will be 2.00pm till 2.00am featuring a tribute film for Colin and a Question and Answer session relating to the period. Music starts at 4.00pm Admission price £10 ON THE DOOR Hotel Rooms available to book direct at the hotel only to get our negotiated rate. Please call 01782 744477 Single £45.00 Double £60.00 Family £75.00 The North Stafford Hotel Station Road Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2AE (Directly opposite Stoke station) This ballroom has a large original integrated wooden dance floor for your dancing pleasure!!!

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