Your best mem­o­ries of

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY AN­DREW BROWN an­drew.brownNW@trin­i­tymir­ @visan­drew­brown

HERE are some more of your mem­o­ries of South­port The­atre as it cel­e­brates its 45th an­niver­sary.

David Ma­her said: “I saw Billy Con­nolly on his Big Wee Tour in 1979. He played South­port The­atre in Fe­bru­ary.

“He was so funny I ended up in stitches rolling around in the aisle or as he would put it ‘slap yer thigh, bite the car­pet!’”

Deb­bie Ire­land said: “I re­mem­ber see­ing Chuck Berry there back in the 1970s.”

Geral­dine Platt said: “My dad was a fire­men and ev­ery Christ­mas the older chil­dren went to see the an­nual panto, whilst the younger ones had a party at the sta­tion. Many happy mem­o­ries. Also re­mem­ber the Ra­dio One Road­show in the Flo­ral Hall Gar­dens.”

Ian Bar­ber said: “My father opened it. Best live show I went to was Barry White, ev­ery­one from tod­dlers to OAPs were danc­ing in the aisles.”

Su­san Stacey said: “My first con­cert, if I re­call, in early 1970s, was a free ticket to see He­len Reddy, which was be­ing recorded for TV. I saw the pre­miere of the film Mr Love – which had been filmed in South­port – and David Es­sex. I also saw pan­tomimes which were per­formed at Christ­mas for po­lice­men’s chil­dren.”

Joan Vi­o­let Stretch said: “I met the Everly Broth­ers and Phil kissed me on the cheek, I will never for­get that, he was one of the nicest peo­ple,

“I met David Es­sex and we re­ally chat­ted. I met Frankie Vaughan with my mother and we both got his autograph.

“I saw Dono­van, The Shad­ows, saw Ken Dodd and met him in the foyer when he signed my tick­ling stick. Saw Aled Jones it was a won­der­ful show, and saw Don Wil­liams.

“I saw The Man­freds when they re-formed a cou­ple of times at the the­atre and The Blues Band al­ways man­aged to meet Paul Jones. I even saw Don Estelle and Windsor Davis and chat­ted to them with my mother.”

Neville Grundy said: “At the South­port The­atre & Flo­ral Hall com­plex, I have seen: Black Sab­bath, sup­ported by Van Halen; Tom Robin­son Band; Man­fred Mann’s Earth Band; Daryl Hall & John Oates; Justin Hayward & John Lodge (from the Moody Blues); Kim Wilde; Marvyn Gaye; Steve Gib­bons Band; Dono­van; Ray Davies (ex-Kinks); Steel­eye Span; Harry Chapin; the Chief­tains; Clan­nad; Fair­port Con­ven­tion; Nancy Grif­fiths; Sta­tus Quo; plus the ’60s road­show – Marty Wilde, Johnny Ley­ton, Eden Kane, the Ver­nons Girls and Joe Brown.

“Sorry I de­cided not to go to: The Cru­saders with Randy Craw­ford; Bill Ha­ley; Tina Turner.

“There may be more that have slipped my mind. Un­for­tu­nately, the great Mar­lene Di­et­rich was be­fore my time.”

Jane Hamill said: “We saw The Fly­ing Pick­ets there in the early ’80s (I was about nine or 10) and Don McLean in 1991. Our school held our end-ofyear awards day there ev­ery year.”

Sue E Long said: “Roy Or­bi­son, who sang ev­ery song sound­ing just like the record­ings, all he said af­ter ev­ery one was ‘Thank y’all’ then on to the next big hit.

“Showad­dy­waddy, Fly­ing Pick­ets, Leo Sayer, Houghton Weavers, Morecambe & Wise, Mike Hard­ing, Ken Dodd and many more.

“Ab­so­lute favourite was Kenny Rogers, my friend and I were in the very front row, sway­ing along to Lu­cille.”

Mar­garet Hunt said: “I know I so wanted to see Johnny Mathis, he was a great favourite of mine. I could not get a ticket, I kept call­ing in case of a can­cel­la­tion, no luck.

“The night be­fore, my brother told me he was go­ing, his girl­friend had got tick­ets. Then he said: ‘Who is Johnny Mathis?’ I could have smacked him.

“I did get to see another pash of mine how­ever, Jack Jones, oh WOW.”

Lor­raine Jackson said: “Never missed a Jack Jones con­cert. Went to see Johnny Mathis, fab­u­lous voice, but no per­son­al­ity. I don’t think he said a word apart from thank you at the end!”

Caro­line Parkes said: “I went to see Johnny Mathis in 1979. Have also seen Neil Sedaka and Cliff Richard.”

Lorna Thomas said: “Watched Bana­narama here in the early ’80s as well as Ken Dodd.”

Alan Thomas said: “The great Frankie Laine in 1970s was one of my all time favourites! Plus Pat Boone, PJ Proby later years, and Hank Marvin and son, lots of good stuff in­clud­ing Bernie Flint, very en­ter­tain­ing!”

Ju­lia Bloom­field Abram said: “I saw David Es­sex, Mud, Sweet, Glit­ter Band and GG and The Three De­grees to name a few.”

Adey Ord said: “I went to see Showad­dy­waddy and Rod Hull and Emu as a child, more re­cently I drove the mo­bile crane that erected all the steel­work when the en­trance / foyer was ren­o­vated.”

Lynn Abram said: “I saw Sarah Vaughan, Joe Brown, Wayne Fon­tana and the Mind­ben­ders, Houghton Weavers, Showad­dy­waddy and many more!”

Jools Raw­cliffe said: “Saw Roy Wood & Wiz­zard, Cliff Richard, Alvin Star­dust, Fo­cus, French & Saun­ders, Phil Cool, Jasper Car­rott, Tim Vine was a warm-up act for some­one too, can’t re­mem­ber who though!”

Mike Lock­hart said: “I saw Vic­tor Borge, could not stop laugh­ing.”

Sue Rudd said: “David Es­sex, The Real Thing, Gla­dys Knight and the Pips, New Seek­ers, Barry White, Gary Glit­ter and the G band, pan­tomimes – some great nights in the ’70s.”

Mar­garet Hunt said; “Pe­tula Clark, Buddy Rich, Matt Monro, The Shad­ows, Billy Pearce, Joe Longth­orne, Paul Daniels, Tommy Traf­ford pan­tos...”

Veron­ica Green said: I saw David Es­sex, El­ton John and Kiki Dee, the Bay City Rollers, Gary Glit­ter, The Real Thing and many more, what an era to live in.”

Elaine Rose Se­nior said: “I re­mem­ber see­ing Cliff Richard, The Shad­ows, River­dance and lots of pan­tomimes with Tommy Traf­ford in the 1980s. Great times.”

Pauline Had­field Gra­ham said: “I have been to

David Ma­her saw Billy Con­nolly on his Big Wee Tour at South­port The­atre in 1979 Arthur Ped­lar and the first clowns to come to South­port at the World Clown As­so­ci­a­tion event at South­port The­atre in 1995

Plans for South­port The­atre in a 1992 ad­vert, left, and, right, the Duke of Kent of­fi­cially opens the new South­port The­atre and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Novem­ber 26, 2009

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