Knock back a toad on night out search­ing for new star!

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THIS week’s South­port Top five is some­what of a rite of pas­sage for all Sand­grounders – things that you could only pos­si­bly have ex­pe­ri­enced here in Eng­land’s clas­sic re­sort.

It’s a count­down that spans the decades – and, hope­fully, it will bring back some mem­o­ries for you.

drink­ing a Tipsy Toad. This was a su­perb drink, unique to the town, sold in vast quan­ti­ties at Wil­lows Wine Bar, in Ains­dale.

Vodka, Mi­dori (for the green colour) and le­mon­ade made up this po­tent con­coc­tion.

Wil­lows was lo­cated on the side of the old Toad Hall Night­club. It was a great place for a late drink, af­ter the pubs kicked out.

I used to go there af­ter DJing at the Rail­way Pub.

watch­ing Search For A Star, the an­nual tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion held at the re­sort’s Flo­ral Hall.

It al­ways ran dur­ing the sum­mer­time, and the free weekly heats seemed to go on for­ever.

It was hosted by the fab­u­lous, and much-missed, Con­nie Creighton.

I re­mem­ber you had to get there nice and early to get a seat near the front, happy days.

buy­ing The Visiter see who’s been out!

Back in the days of the Kingsway, Man­hat­tan’s and, when Maloneys was the place to be seen, your lo­cal news­pa­per al­ways had a pho­tog­ra­pher out at the week­ends.

In pre-in­ter­net days, it was a badge of hon­our to get papped, with your mates, by a Vis pho­tog­ra­pher in all your fin­ery, hope­fully, look­ing gor­geous and sober!

get­ting knocked back from the Can­non. The Can­non Cin­ema, or the ABC, sat where the Vincent does now on Lord Street.

This was the ’80s, rental videos were few and far be­tween, the flicks was the only place to see the lat­est Hol­ly­wood of­fer­ings.

Me and my mates would al­ways try and get into older movies, only to be turned away by the to com­mis­sion­aire. Who re­mem­bers “House Full” no­tices, too?

At the in our count­down of all things South­port, it’s tak­ing part in a dance off, with Danc­ing Joe!

A South­port leg­end, Danc­ing Joe was seen at all the trendy nightspots in South­port in the nineties and the noughties, too.

Al­ways dressed im­mac­u­lately in shirt and tie, he of­ten used to hand out glow-in-the-dark wrist­bands. One of the nicest fel­las you could hope to meet, he’s def­i­nitely missed dur­ing evening so­journs into our won­der­ful town cen­tre.

So, there you have it, my top five South­port ex­pe­ri­ences of yes­ter­year – but do you agree?

You can fol­low me on Twit­ter @ pre­sen­terneil or watch me on Cruise 1st TV channel 680 on Sky Tele­vi­sion.

A pre­sen­ta­tion takes place for Search For A Star in South­port, in 1984, with girls representing spon­sors Tetley Bit­ter on hand, left; and much-missed host­ess Con­nie Creighton, above, with Sooty and for­mer ‘Mr South­port’ Phil King

No hid­ing place: Party-go­ers papped for a NightLife photo, in Fe­bru­ary, 1996

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