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#431687 - 16th Sep 2010 10:45pm the empress club
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does anybody have any pics of the empress club that used to be on Victoria Road, New Brighton?

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#467134 - 29th Jan 2011 10:26pm Re: the empress club [Re: thefreethinker]
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Thanks for the time travel :)Used to go there in the early 70s, no photos though, only fading fragments of memory...sometimes played 'heavier' music, bikers went there possibly, or am I confusing it with another place? Suggestions folks smile

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#467215 - 30th Jan 2011 10:40am Re: the empress club [Re: thefreethinker]
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It was a 'bikers' hangout and 'others' were not welcome. It was in the 70/80s that I remember it.The 'Greaser's' as they where known as,would get the bus to New Brighton on a Weekend night.
They would takeover the upper deck of the bus,strangely clutching their helmets!
I found out in later years that they would use them as a weapon when the inevitable fight broke out.

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#467290 - 30th Jan 2011 1:45pm Re: the empress club [Re: thefreethinker]
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well that brings back memorys!i used to go there aged 16,had to be 18 to get in,but we got in!!!!they would ask what year you were born and we always gave 2yrs before!! this was in the 60s.

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#467292 - 30th Jan 2011 2:07pm Re: the empress club [Re: Bezzymate]
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Sounds about right,have memories of said bikers doing 'the stomp' at that club too, usually to Free's 'Alright Now' smile


Edited by Erainn (30th Jan 2011 2:07pm)

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#467296 - 30th Jan 2011 2:17pm Re: the empress club [Re: thefreethinker]
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I used to go in the latish 60s - It's where I met my wife.
I remember me and my mate taking girls home as far as Knotty Ash and Neston and not having the cash to get home later.
The things you would when you were young and daft ( or bevvied)
I'd like to see some pics too.
Trying to recall how far up Victoria rd from the Chelsea Reach it was - not sure if just past the Ship Pub? where new houses have been built


Edited by derekdwc (30th Jan 2011 2:22pm)

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#467301 - 30th Jan 2011 2:28pm Re: the empress club [Re: derekdwc]
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Pictures would be great. Was there stairs up to that place from street level?

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#467303 - 30th Jan 2011 2:52pm Re: the empress club [Re: thefreethinker]
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there were definitely stairs going to above an amusement arcade?

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#467304 - 30th Jan 2011 3:05pm Re: the empress club [Re: derekdwc]
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yes that sounds distantly familiar

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#467305 - 30th Jan 2011 3:08pm Re: the empress club [Re: derekdwc]
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Yes there was stairs there-I remember my mate fallin down them! She used to say you d get whip-lashed goin to the bar coz of all the bikers dancin with their long hair an aliendancetassled leather jackets on-they never took them off no matter how hot n steamy it got! Ha!

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#467306 - 30th Jan 2011 3:12pm Re: the empress club [Re: BettyTurnip1]
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Thanks for confirming that piece of the Empress jigsaw.

That is so true smile Would have required surgery to remove those jackets. Any ideas on location?

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#467366 - 30th Jan 2011 8:31pm Re: the empress club [Re: Erainn]
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Hubby say's,just up from the'Ship' over the first arcade.

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#467373 - 30th Jan 2011 8:53pm Re: the empress club [Re: Bezzymate]
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Looks through the fog and vaguely remembers an arcade smile

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#467379 - 30th Jan 2011 9:04pm Re: the empress club [Re: Bezzymate]
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So that arcade has been demolished and the area 'developed' now?

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#467390 - 30th Jan 2011 9:48pm Re: the empress club [Re: thefreethinker]
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Not sure if this is the right place, but this pic shows the entrance to the then Empress Jazz Club on Victoria Road in 1962.


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