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Postby FLOJO » Fri 13 Jun, 2008 4:53 pm

ggbix wrote:
FLOJO wrote:
Leeds-lad wrote:
Such a lot of WM clubs have gone to the wall over the years,I just wondered if any one had any fond/not so fond memories of any particular ones.
Does any one have any thoughts or memories of Hall Rd WMC.Armley? I used to love it before it went bust & then burned down.

Hi Nick I used to go to Swarcliffe working mans club in the 60s with my father usually Sunday lunchtimes,I think my mother liked me to go so he would not stay too long,I was areal daddys girl but stopped going because my fathers relative Walter was concert secretary and made me give my seat up because I was family and he would not dare ask any one else.


Hi, I used to go to Swarcliffe WMC in the 60's as well, this was at the time before the building was extended. When I first went it was just the smaller building with the rounded roof which you can still see today and also where the extension starts.
I believe the club secretary there at that time and into the 70's was a guy call 'Micklethwaite' I may be wrong.
The secretary when I first started going into the club was a Mr Simpson,his daughter Helen was at in my class at school.I also remember going to the childrens pantomime at Christmas and us older children had to look after the younger ones.
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Postby Leeds-lad » Fri 13 Jun, 2008 9:19 pm

A bit longwinded but here goes.
The Sammy King duo were playing one night at Hall Road.Sammy King wrote the famous Penny arcade for Roy Orbison
They did three spots.
They told the compere that when each spot finished the Penny Arcade Intro would signal the end of that session and so to close the curtains.
Fine,for first two spots.
They actually sang the song at the end of their final spot,the curtains started closing.
What you doing shouts the audience to compere who has had a bit to drink
!I thought they had finished!
Curtains open Penny Arcade starts again
curtains start closing
Audience start screaming now
Sorry!
Curtains open
Sammy King shouts F*** OFF we've had enough of this.
Compere says
I told you they'd finished
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Postby Geordie-exile » Fri 13 Jun, 2008 9:25 pm

Is anyone going to tell the tale about Chubby Brown at Corpus Christi WMC?

I daren't! I expect it's apocryphal anyway. Laugh
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Postby mutikonka » Wed 18 Jun, 2008 3:07 pm

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Postby cnosni » Wed 18 Jun, 2008 6:16 pm

Geordie-exile wrote:
Is anyone going to tell the tale about Chubby Brown at Corpus Christi WMC?

I daren't! I expect it's apocryphal anyway. Laugh


Oh yes ive heard the tale,it has always supposed to have been true.
However i hope its not true about the gig he did in Bradford not long after thr fire at the footie ground.
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Postby Geordie-exile » Thu 18 Dec, 2008 12:11 am

Just thought I'd resurrect this since I passed the site of the now razed Burmantofts Liberal Club recently. As far as I can remember it was only built in the late sixties so that didn't last long. We used to go to junior disco on Thursday nights in the upstairs room.

The longer established North Leeds WMC almost opposite is still going. My granddad would occasionally allow me to go in with him and I would have a shandy, pretending I was drinking beer, and a bag of Tudor. His cronies would help me fill in the junior crossword in the War Cry.

Then The Anglers was built on the site of the former St Stephens School on Nippet Lane. This was big time, with Grumbleweeds and the like making appearances.

Here in the north east, WMCs are still a big part of the social life, some great 'turns' and very cheap drinking but like everywhere else the smoking ban is having its effect and I fear for their future.

On a side note, does anyone else remember Saturday afternoons when the pubs used to close at 3pm and having to go to the Irish Centre on York Road because it was one of the few places you could carry on drinking? [Legally Laugh]

There is enough sadness in life without having fellows like Gussie Fink-Nottle going about in sea boots.
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Postby FLOJO » Thu 18 Dec, 2008 1:16 am

Geordie-exile wrote:
Just thought I'd resurrect this since I passed the site of the now razed Burmantofts Liberal Club recently. As far as I can remember it was only built in the late sixties so that didn't last long. We used to go to junior disco on Thursday nights in the upstairs room.

The longer established North Leeds WMC almost opposite is still going. My granddad would occasionally allow me to go in with him and I would have a shandy, pretending I was drinking beer, and a bag of Tudor. His cronies would help me fill in the junior crossword in the War Cry.

Then The Anglers was built on the site of the former St Stephens School on Nippet Lane. This was big time, with Grumbleweeds and the like making appearances.

Here in the north east, WMCs are still a big part of the social life, some great 'turns' and very cheap drinking but like everywhere else the smoking ban is having its effect and I fear for their future.

On a side note, does anyone else remember Saturday afternoons when the pubs used to close at 3pm and having to go to the Irish Centre on York Road because it was one of the few places you could carry on drinking? [Legally Laugh]Geordie-exile I can also remember pubs closing at 3pm, We lived at Beeston at the time and everyone went to South Leeds Conservative club where the steward and his wife used to put on hot pork pies and beef sandwiches also they were irish. The young ones from the White Hart used to try and get in but it was members only,so if they knew you they would ask you to sign them in as a guest,and your name was on the line if they did anything wrong.


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Postby Reginal Perrin » Thu 18 Dec, 2008 10:44 am

Geordie-exile wrote:
Just thought I'd resurrect this since I passed the site of the now razed Burmantofts Liberal Club recently. As far as I can remember it was only built in the late sixties so that didn't last long. We used to go to junior disco on Thursday nights in the upstairs room.

The longer established North Leeds WMC almost opposite is still going. My granddad would occasionally allow me to go in with him and I would have a shandy, pretending I was drinking beer, and a bag of Tudor. His cronies would help me fill in the junior crossword in the War Cry.

Then The Anglers was built on the site of the former St Stephens School on Nippet Lane. This was big time, with Grumbleweeds and the like making appearances.

Here in the north east, WMCs are still a big part of the social life, some great 'turns' and very cheap drinking but like everywhere else the smoking ban is having its effect and I fear for their future.

On a side note, does anyone else remember Saturday afternoons when the pubs used to close at 3pm and having to go to the Irish Centre on York Road because it was one of the few places you could carry on drinking? [Legally Laugh]



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Postby Hats Off » Thu 18 Dec, 2008 11:39 am

What about the Peggy Tub in Hunslet ? I was a member there for many years, it's proper name was the Hunslet Carr Liberal club. I never did find out why it was called the Peggy Tub !
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Postby simong » Thu 18 Dec, 2008 2:30 pm

Trojan wrote:
I used to be a member of Morley Working Mens Club (Fountain Street) in the sixties, we used to go and listen to a band on Saturday nights and drink Club Bitter, which was brewed by the Clubs United Brewery in York - it was cheap and it was strong. We used to joke "we'll be glad when we had enough of this stuff" I think the Club Brewery was taken over by the Fed - BTW does that still exist?


As nobody seemed to answer you - yes, the Fed is very much alive. It has a huge brewery next to the Metrocentre in Gateshead and still provides beer to a lot of WMCs in the north-east, Cumbria and Yorkshire. Because Newcastle Brown had Protected Geographical Indication, the Fed took over brewing it when the Tyne brewery was closed, although it still lost its PGI status.

It also still produces canned Federation Bitter, which is rebadged under a variety of names (they brew for Aldi or Lidl, possibly both), LCL lager (or Elsie Hell as it's popularily known) and Federation Ace lager, although despite searching, it can't be had for £1.49 for eight these days.

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