Now we have got the casino, addiction
We ended the previous page just after. My first allnighter at Wigan casino. It was still very much Torch influenced, as regaurds the records. Almost all the DJ's came from the Stoke club. In 1974 a new face to the casino dj line up emerged. With the unannounced end to the Vava Friday allnighter in Bolton. Richard Searling a dj who had built a great reputation on Vava's brilliant sound systeml. Was destined for Station road to partner Russ Winstanley. For the remaining 7 years the casino ran. He followed Russ's opening set for the whole time the casino ran. At that time 74 a lot of the west midland members hoped Alan Day would also be asked to join the casino dj's. Ex Torch, Up the junction, and Vava dj Alan. Had proved what class he had when he joined the Catacomb's dj's. Blue Max, and Pep will be always the names associated with the Catacomb's. But the important part Alan Day played is well worth mentioning. If he had joined the casino to join old Torch friend Martyn Ellis. It would of given a great double act from the Torch. But Alan Day's pedigree speaks for itself. But remained the best most experienced dj never to appear at Wigan casino. I cant say if never joining Wigan casino. Had any lasting damage to Alan's career. But he still appears regular at Torch reunions. 1 record will always signal Alans class. One wonderful moment, which Alan discovered. In a Nottingham 2nd hand shop. If I remember correctly, a brief look uncovered. Possibly 1 of the top records ever on the UK northern soul scene. The amount of trivia attached to venue's, record discoveries. A large amount of the simplest facts, as yet to be published. But a book of simple facts, would clarify so much of the uncertain things. That are passed on in various ways.
When it's a difficult subject
At times a lot of things that happened. Are sometimes difficult to explain to family and friends. When you are mid 50's. In such instances, as long as no bad comments are included. I will remove all personal identifiers. If you request that. Which means deleted from the system completely. I have no real need to store Email address or IP addresses. I have never sold details to online marketers, as they are bloody annoying people to start with.
Any website which supports this practice should be marked as hazzardous. Viditors could mask IP urls to create a difficulti. A lot of Email addresses are stored for legitimate reasons if a purchase was made by card. For dispatch notifacation and to virify authentic card details. This is nornally done under SQL server encryption. A padlock notifier shows in the taskbar near the clock. Only enter card details on encrypted sites That you went to not redirected by a pop-up advert. Almost all leading high street retailers are perfectly trusted to handle card payments.
Getting back to the page subject. Not always the easiest thing in the world. When your head as spent as long as mine. Everywhere else bar in touch with the rest of me. But I try at least. As long as you try your best nobody can expect. Any better than that, you might never acheive everything they want. As long as you gave it your best. They will have to live with it as doing any better than you best. Is a impossible thing. It doesn't really matter what anybody might tell you. Your best is as much as you can do.
I will get back to the story, cant promise you when. Nothing precise anyway, my mind as never been in sync with earth time. If more people had spent time in Saturn gallatic time. It would make posting far more easier. I was never on Saturn but my mind went without the body attached. Wigan casino was a vast area. I will start trying to give some points of interest below. Then had a far more detailed plan at some stage.
A photo gallery here, used to explain the area's of Wigan casino
The photo's below will shortly, all have a description of it's location. In relation to the casino building. Later a farmore complex plan of Wigan casino is a good idea. So that the record bar, mr M's, Stairs, toilets. Just a far more detailed plan of the casino. Not to include door handle sizes, or any of that boll***s that's for certain. This site will not insult your intelligence. By asking stupid bloody question's. Instead I will ask about the thing's I could see clearly. 8 am almost every Sunday morning at Wigan casino. I was normally unable to see the way out. Anything else was not thought about. When Morgan's coach was difficult to see. I didn't think things like door handle's had a chance
The main dancefloor. It is the view from the balcony
This photo was taken on the viewing balcony. Which must of been impressive. When it was first built, as the entire facade. Featured decorative plaster work on it's total length. People who where quick to condemn the casino as a slum. Where totally ignorant of building crafts. As many of the casino's features. Where high standard crafts.
Looking from the stage out. On the Wigan casino main dance area.
In this scene looking out from the stage. On a typical casino night. A fairly average crowd for around 1975. It might of been for a live act performance. There where many good acts, that played live at Wigan casino. My favourite was the Exciters. Who I think performed twice there. A lot of top Motown act's where featured.
The coachpark directly across Station road. This is Wigan casino
At the left side of Wigan casino was a car park. Far to small for coaches, but on the other side of Station road. Was a substantial coach park, coaches would drop there passengers by the entrance. Then go to the coach park for the night. Coaches from all over the UK, could be seen on the coach park
Lancashire hotpot in Wigan casino
A young Lancashire hotpot in Wigan casino. She as no need to verify her Wigan casino history. Some of the top faces at the casino. Will all verify her presence at the allnighter. But this photo is in Wigan casino, I know it's her. As it's my website verifacation complete, subject closed.
surprisingly this video, Keb Darge or anybody else in it. Never had the words they say from me. This video and anybody in it. Talk from there own recollection of Wigan casino. Unfortunately there description fully verifies my content. That there was a Amphetamine based culture. Active at the allnighter's. They are talking specifically about Wigan casino. These are not telling lies as well. It played a massive part at 70's allnighters fact
Keb's style of djing at Wigan casino. Was a bit contriversial to say the least. I saw him in London some years ago. Then at a Stafford reunion the year after. I must give credit when diserved, both sets at Crossfire and Stafford. Featured records I hadn't heard played since Wigan days. I would recomend his ability as a dj as excellent
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Wigan casino was unique
when your young, and explore
Moonlight, multi storey car park and you. Felt like love then
The UK of the 70's had very little. That would resemble today, not the big leap forward in technology. Mobile phones hadn't even been a dream then. It was a regular journey to a phone box. A pocket full of coins the phone call lasted as long as you could hold your breath. As phone boxes were roughly the same size as a Portaloo. That was exactly what people used phone boxes for to urinate in. Which meant they stunk of p**s. But being young you'd met a girl from away from you. But it was a new feeling a girl you never saw eachday. It meant you missed them a lot I had a girlfriend in Leicester which felt like Russia. She was followed by a Scottish girl. The fact it was in the UK. Made no difference to me. I did think a lot of her then. I went to the casino, just not in it. Middle of winter I never got cold, I can't remember Margret moaning at the time. We both were young lived a long way apart. We saw eachother briefly each weekend at Wigan casino. I got an impression she never even liked Northern Soul travelled all the way from near the most northern UK location. Yet was happy to stay in a car talking. It was freezing cold on the car park middle of winter. Left me with little option to keep her warm. It wasn't a good idea to keep the engine ticking over for 7 and half hours. When they hadm't got enough fuel to get off the carpark. But lived a long way from Wigan he would have expected me to fill it up with fuel. Yes I'll admit we got on and she was a good looker. That alone wouldn't loosen the grip on my money. Which was earned from hard work. Well Thursday and Friday
Station road, Wigan. Morning after
It always felt more affectionate
I can't even try to explain the reason. But at the time, my girlfriends or I were portraited look. But Sunday night when it was time to part. It was like having a leg amputated. A week of phone calls and stupidity lay ahead. This type of thing was not mutually exclusive to me. It was widespread at Wigan casino. Under a duvet at a flat after the oldies. Amphetamine gave it the long intense feeling that made it special. Another bigger cocktail for the Saturday night was normal. As a majority of the casino crowd. Had gone to Friday after working a full day. Saturday normally rest was ignored. As dawn lighted up Wigan. It was Belle Vue zoo the attraction shifted to. Nobody dreamed of mentioning bed. Nobody wanted the div label stuck on their head. Wigan casino was very much image orientated. A entire weekend dancing long exhausting sessions. Could be rendered a total waste of time. With a single moment of stupidity like mentioning going home to bed
Looking off the stage onto dancefloor
Wigan casino main dancefloor
I still sometimes stop and think. On a Saturday night about how you had to get to Wigan. I'm certain about 1975 if you said next week it's on Saturn. A few of Wigan's members regular at the casino. Would be on Saturn queuing up ready for the start. It wasn't just getting to Wigan for yourself. If a regular face was absent. People asked if you if you'd seen them. Or knew the reason for the absence. It was a uncertain answer to the question. One week I had looked for a friend, Dave Fisher from Alfreton. We met up each week before going in. This week no sign of him or nobody had seen him. I was on the balcony still looking. I heard Russ play "where have all the flowers gone" by Walter Jackson. For Dave Fisher, I thought strange record for him. It was to remember him by. 2 assholes had given him heroin until he overdosed. Set off to drop him at hospital but had lost the bottle.