These were the places where it all happened, who can forget the atmosphere and sound
in the majestic Parr Hall with it’s high ceiling area giving a reverberation and
ambience second to none, and the Municipal Baths when in winter they would cover
up the main bath to form a dance floor like no other, it would literally pulsate
to the beat of the music, then there was the more modern Co-op Hall with it’s up
to date amenities, a lower ceiling line would give this place a sound of its own.
Another important emporium was a music shop owned by John Tyldesley in the original
Green Street, John, who passed away recently aged 86 was the most amicable person
you would wish to meet and his music shop was the place to visit for all your musical
needs, I have known John to rush out to a venue with a replacement guitar amplifier
late at night because someone's amp had taken a turn for the worst, a polite phone
call even at that time of night was all that was needed for him to come to the rescue.
Although it wasn't a music/dance venue there is one particular hotspot that was vital
to the well-being of the whole scene and that was The Hoagie Wagon, this was a meeting
place for all after any gig in Warrington where one could indulge in the culinary
delights of Hot Dogs, Beef burgers, beverages etc with all the extras one desired,
this was situated on various spots of spare ground around Warrington over the years
where one could park up and order at the open counter and finish off a good night
This should stir some memories, have a listen.
The Parr Hall, Warrington.
We had many a memorable gig at
This ‘gentle giant’ will be sadly missed. He was loved and respected by all who knew
him and he has left a legacy of pure joy with anecdotes and memories to treasure
for the rest of our lives.