Lot of changes in short time

Grimsby Telegraph - - Bygones -

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.

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