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Old Soul Nites



 
 DOWN AT THE CLUB.('77)  ........  Chris Savory.
Having had an article on St.Ives and the surrounding area here's a bit more from the Bedford area. First something on the Addison Centre & Kempston Rovers from Tony Warot.
The soul disco is usually held on a Thursday night at the Addison Centre, or at the Kempston Rovers Social Club on alternate Thursdays. The two guys who own the equipment are Frank Criscudo and Danny Duggen and they play mostly new releases and Mecca sounds, whilst St.Ives d.j. Hammie, Stuart Green and myself play oldies and top sounds.
The Addison Centre is about half the size of St.Ives recreation centre and it has a very large dance floor to allow the dancers to perform their acrobatics etc. The Kempston Rovers Club belongs to a local football club and it is very pleasant inside with ample dancing space, moderately priced drinks and admission to either venue is onlt 60p. There was talk of an All-Nighter at the Addison but the committee had talks with the law and the plans have been shelved.
The Thursday nights started up in the summer of '76 and they have slowly built up a steady following of Northern soul fans from surrounding towns such as St.Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Northampton etc. Popular sounds at the moment seem to be :-
Bernie Williams - Ever again
Florence Devore - Kiss me now
Herbert Hunter - I was born to love you
Yvonne Baker - You didn't say a word
Attendance usually approximate at around 100 which isn't bad concidering that Bedford is in the south, but since St.Ives popularity boom, the interest of northern soul in the south is incredible, which is the disco's factor for success. If you're around Bedford on a Thursday do drop in, but one drawback - the Addison has no licenced bar, but if it's soul you want then it's soul you'll get.

If you are in the Bedford area any time I (Chris) can recommend HMV of 5 Silver Street for a visit. They have a great range of soul titles in stock and Alan Swires is the soul man there. Top sellers in the shop at the moment: Deniece Williams which is outselling everything; Lee Roye; David & Giants; all Neil Rushton's newies; New York Port Authority; People's Choice; T.Connection; Cameo; John Davis and Silvetti.
A PAGE FROM "HOT BUTTERED SOUL" AUG. '77.
See how the Beford Scene has returned to The Rovers (even if it is about half mile from the old Rovers of years gone by)! WRITE-UP CARE OF MR.WAROT.


      TONY   
  WAROTS
 No.1..........
   Bernie
 Williams.

                           
                           
  THE 'DETROIT EMERALDS', JUST ONE OF THE MANY GIFTED
     'SOUL' ARTISTS TO VISIT THE NITESPOT IN BEDFORD.
                      (I've got the photo's somewhere!!)
                 
                
Remember the Sunday night soul and funk nights held by Frank C. and Danny D.
    A club to later host the E.A.S.C.
 all-nighters, before being knocked
 down and being turned into a carpark
    
   THE ROCK FOUNDATION, RUSHDEN.
     
           
               
           

             Some tickets for the
 Motown /  Northern nites in Bedford.
     The one dated for Friday 24 Feb.
    1977, had a dancing competition
      and this was won by 'CHALKIE'.

            
             
   The Eagles Soul Club run by . .
 . . . . . . Frank & Danny.
                   


  Bdford Town F.C. was the home of Bedford's Soul Nights during the early part of the 1980's.
  Due to the demand for the ground by the owners of the ground 'Charles Wells' brewery (the one's that make 'Red Stripe'), the Soul Nights, together with the football club were booted out!
         
           ST.NEOTS SOUL NITE '78.
 BAZ & MICK CLARKE AT THE DECKS, CLAIRE ON THE FLOOR SKIPPIN' TO THE BEAT.
      
          

 A RARE GLIMPSE OF A VIRTUALLY
 UNHEARD OF ST.NEOTS WORKING  
 MENS CLUB MEMBERSHIP CARD, AS USED TO ENTER THE 70's SUNDAY SOUL NIGHTS.
HOW MANY SURVIVE?
                   

 SHAWN . . .er . . .could be anywhere really!!

THE ONLY THING KNOWN FOR SURE WAS THAT THE PHOTO WAS TAKEN BACK IN 1978 WHEN HE WAS A LITTLE YOUNGER, LIKE MOST OF US WERE WAY BACK THEN !!!!

              
            
    Many great nights were held at  . . . . . .
 . . . The Queen Vic, Rushden.
     

 More Soul at the
          'Pilgrims Inn' , Bedford.
      

      
 The place with funny coloured tables, that lit up and a fountain
complete with goldfish and . . . . .
. . . . . SOUL.
Tommy's Cutler Hammer Soul Nites. . .
 
 
 
 

Who's drunk then ?

 
 

 Turn the 'bloody'
    lights out . . . .

 
 
 
      Mine's a pint . . .
         How many pints ?
'Skin' , Sparky & Squirel.
 
 
 
 
 
 Some great Soul
nights were enjoyed
at the

Cutler -
Hammer,
Kempston.

       
        
         THE FORMER THE 'QUEEN VIC' .
ANOTHER GOOD VENUE THAT'S NO MORE.
          

                
                 Kev's B.R.J. Nights
               HUNTINGDON'S 3rd.
                 
   The fairly local 'do' at Ely Rugby Club.

               
     'Cutter Inn' at Ely.

    


   
   
        

  No!! he's only taking a photo,
                                                 ....not your beer.

An All-dayer at the K.L.V.
           
           
        KARL, LENNY & "SPARKY".
          ALL TOGETHER NOW . . .
         
                   My mate Mal.

          
     

       

              IS THIS O.K.?

                             
                            Outside Lenny's 'Embankment Club'.
                                                    
 

     "Peanuts" & Karen

 
 

  Old 'Tone' at the
        Cresset Centre.
 
 

  TOMMY & KAREN.