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Starting in 1966 aged 15 to present day. The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Cream. Amen Corner, Athur Brown, Pink Floyd, the Move (3 times, twice at city hall once at Silver Blades) that was all in 1960s plus Mothers of invention in Manchester

 

Over last 15 years we have been to solid silver sixties shows about twice a year and must have seen around 100 artists from those times- too numerous to mention but the best are the Tremeloes who we saw last year and the year before abnd we are seeing them again at the end of next month, they would knock the young ones of today into a cocked hat

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notre dame school prize giving night! not that i ever won one :(

 

motorhead, 1981/2/3? was deaf for a week!

 

 

 

sat through many of them, soooooooooooooooooo boring.......

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David Bowie-Ziggy Stardust tour in , I think ,1972. I sat just behind Lulu.

Black Crowes 1992.

 

was there too. stayed out all night queing for tickets with friends, we all told parents we were at each other houses, (hope my kids never read this) remember sitting in the wimpy! and warming feet in the hand dryers in the town hall toilets. happy days.

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I have vague memories as a schoolkid in the 80's going to the City Hall to watch some wildlife programme on a big screen amongst a talk on other subjects. There were lots of groups from other schools there but I cannot recall the purpose or relevance

 

Did I dream this?

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My lasting memories of the City Hall are of two work mates, Bob Miles and Roy Furniss, both of them died of cancer after we rewired the asbestos riddled building not that many years ago. Of course the samples sent off for analysis came back negative so it was allegedly safe to work, funnythatwhen the latest revamp was done nobody was aloud to enter the areas we had worked in until all this alleged safe material was removed. Signs stating asbestos do not enter were placed on all entrances to the effected areas, and this material was removed by specialists. This material was around tha ducting supplying so called fresh air to the Oval Hall and all other areas, and could have been since the original constuction.

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My lasting memories of the City Hall are of two work mates, Bob Miles and Roy Furniss, both of them died of cancer after we rewired the asbestos riddled building not that many years ago. Of course the samples sent off for analysis came back negative so it was allegedly safe to work, funnythatwhen the latest revamp was done nobody was aloud to enter the areas we had worked in until all this alleged safe material was removed. Signs stating asbestos do not enter were placed on all entrances to the effected areas, and this material was removed by specialists. This material was around tha ducting supplying so called fresh air to the Oval Hall and all other areas, and could have been since the original constuction.

 

So very sorry to read this, thats terrible

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A friend once gave me a ticket to see a pianist at the city hall, A musician I had never heard of at the time.

This little black guy walked on to the stage sat on a Brooklyn telephone directory so as he was high enough and played, Misty for me.

I have been a fan ever since and play Errol Garners stuff whenever I am feeling out of sorts.

He would also hum as he played .

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remember loads of big package shows not only at the city hall but across the road at the gaumont where for the price of an hours pay you could see about 6 up and coming acts supporting a big star-with a comic compere such as Norman Collier--great value

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Yes the shows at The Gaumont were great too, lots of groups on

one show. They needed numbers because back then the groups

and pop music were new and the groups only had one or two songs

each to sing. It was fun to be one of the hundreds of screaming

teenage girls. The Searchers and Mike Pinder were my favourite

group at that time.

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Let's not forget the fantastic jazz that was played there by some of the world's best musicians.

 

Does anyone remember,

The Modern Jazz Quartet

Stan Kenton Orchestra

Sydney Bechet

Big Bill Broonzy

Jack Teagarden

Humphrey Lyttleton

Chris Barber

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee

Lionel Hampton

Ted Heath

Vic Lewis

Johnny Dankworth

The Kirchin Brothers

Diz Disley Trio

Dave Brubeck Quartet

Count Basie

The list goes on, does anyone remember those fabulous concerts.

 

I was inspired to buy a saxaphone but was hopeless playing but my daughter took it up and became quite good.

 

I still have most of the programmes from those memorable concerts.

 

PopT

 

Saw most of them and more

Ronnie Scott

Jack Parnell

Eddie Conden

Gerry Mulligan

etc

All from the stage or balcony

Then came Rock n Roll

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The City Hall Dance

 

I went to the City Hall today

I’ll tell you about it if I may.

we all went to town

dressed in white, pink and brown

silver shoes in a bag by the way.

 

We decided to go on the bus

Our Old Age Pensioners pass was enough

to town we went free

Vera, Celia and me.

But Vera was lost in the rush

 

we went to a tea dance you see

The queue was as long as could be

They all pushed to get there

We hadn’t a prayer

We were new and polite, us three.

 

They were rushing to get the best table

It wasn’t as if we were able

To get there so quick

Vera’s knee gave her gyp

and I was almost disable.

 

Celia’s bunion was duly inspected

And Vera’s bandage knee was respected

And my Parkinson’s shake

Was not displayed for my sake

And I think we went undetected

 

Before Vera strutted her stuff

She had to pad the toes that were duff

She wrapped them in foam

Didn’t lower the tone

she knew she had used just enough.

 

The music then started to play

And the couples they glided our way

Celia was dancing with Vera

And the songs were our era,

but the big bands were only hearsay.

 

Trevor and Betty were fun

They danced round the room and were done

After all they were older

And Trevor a soldier

Who fought in the war by gum..

 

Celia knew who was dancing with who

of partners there was only a few

She watched a woman in pink

Claim a spare man who I think

I remember we spoke in the queue

 

We met a lady dripping in gold

She was shivering as if she was cold

It wasn’t her scene

She was new and not been

To the City Hall dances of old..

 

As they danced the years rolled away

And their bunions and knees were OK

Their jiving was good

Celia knew that she could .

Cos she learnt it at camp USA.

 

All good things come to an end

When we arrived we followed the trend

About 10 flights of stairs

We were caught unawares

We were glad of the lift to ascend

 

So we all went home on the bus

The driver made a fuss of us

We chattered away

what a lovely day

and all of us 70 plus

 

hazel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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