Lot of changes in short time
WHEN I moved back to Grimsby in 1992, I continued with my membership of the National Federation of Social Clubs which had started in Halifax.
We met in Springfield House, which is now a set of apartments. Later we moved to the New Standard Club, and then two other venues that are no longer there, the Oberon pub (now offices) and the Leaking Boot (demolished). I also went to the singles’ club at the Humber Royal that also is no more – a victim of higher bar prices and a lack of winter heating. I continued to sequence dance, initially at St Hugh’s Community Centre under Bob and Marjorie. They also ran a dance for a time on the second floor of Grimsby Central Library, where the cafe used to be.
The library still remains, but the floor where we danced is cut off to the general public. Another dance venue was at St Marks’ church hall along Laceby Road on a Saturday night.
That building has also gone from the scene, with a combined church/hall now the focus for all activities on the site.
I also danced every fortnight at St Martin’s, with Midge Raworth being the lady in charge.
The church hall was later converted to the Respect Fun House, where I attended the Over 50s club run by Millie Pougher.
When the Fun House closed Millie’s club moved to Nunsthorpe Community Centre.
So, a lot of changes in a comparatively short period of time.
The Leaking Boot, previously Darleys, in Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes. This picture was taken in May 1995.
Grimsby and Cleethorpes Solo Club member Tim Mickleburgh pictured outside The Oberon pub in Cleethorpe Road in March 2000 when the club was on the move to the Leaking Boot in Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes.