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