There were loads of Village Hall and
Market Hall dances back in the Sixties up and down the county, but
we played all the usual well known places including the Empress in
Whitehaven, the Palace Ballroom in Maryport, the County and Embassy
Ballrooms at Carlisle, the County Hall in Millom, the Tow Bar at
Nethertown near Egremont, The Pavillion at Keswick and many of
the Youth club type of places like ‘Banklands’,
Westfield Welfare, the 'Tin Mish’ and Fox Club at Workington.
Who could forget St. Patrick’s Hall in
Cleator Moor where we actually all managed to get set up (including
the drums) on one of the Snooker tables.
In those days, there were
many schools who had Beat nights. The more memorable ones were
Millom and St. Cuthberts in Cleator Moor.
It was a rewarding time
and I went on to continue playing through the years in different
guises in duo’s,
trios, Rock bands, Dance Bands and a whole series of Residential
jobs having the pleasure of playing with great people including the
legend ‘Dave Batey’, who is probably serialised in the ‘Fifties