I was a life member of the Dial.
When they extended the stage area in the mid 1960s they let me take the old bricks to make a garden path in our back garden. It took a lot of hod fulls !!!
When I was in the army I did not have to pay subs. They stamped your book OHMS.
Thanks for the you tube videos, I used to live very near to the dial in the early sixties, I was 13/14 , and obviously into the Beatles etc, so I was very excited to hear the fortunes rehearsing before they went on stage! I had to listen from my garden, a free concert not bad eh? In those days the car park was rammed with coaches. In the nineties my husband was doorman there, he used to say how full the club got especially on a Friday. Then there was the annual day trip to the seaside, plus the xmas kids panto and party. It's hard to believe its no longer there.
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Me and my girlfriend now wife used to queue outside on Sundays at 6.00pm to wait until the doors opened at 7pm to see the Fortunes and/or Freddie and the dreamers.This would be around 1963 ish.
I remember talking to a committee man who said because the Fortunes were such a good band the club re booked them for about 9 months later for their usual modest fee then, they had their big hit "you've got your troubles" The band still returned for the same fee as they had signed a contract.
My mum and her mates went every Friday night and met the bloke who was to become my step-dad there. So I don't have any personal memories but I do remember mum going to the hairdressers on Friday afternoons and coming home all back combed and bee hived before her Friday night out.
Many thanks for those fascinating clips. My main memeories of the club revolve around the great nights we had as Redgates junior Sunday league presentations, usually with The Discoes in attendance and teh place would be packed.
I was there in the late 80's when the Bay City Rollers did a comeback concert there and the place got smashed up!!! Poor Derek was trying to do the bingo before they came on and everybody was shouting house after every number.
In the 3rd film it is my cousin and his wife that are shown winning the bingo.
I spent many an happy day in the Dial and lived very close by.
When they extended the stage in 1966 I used some of the old bricks to make a garden path at my parents home.