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What brilliant names, what years would they be running it then?

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It would have been late 60's early 70's Bobby Meadows and Black Jack McGee were involved.Certainly some good nights with er gentlemens evenings!!!

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What 'gay bikers on cider'? Surely not smile When I went it would be around 72/73 and was dedicated rock nights. loads of stomping leather, now I think about it ..ooooerrr

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In my long hair leather jacket no motorbike days all we could manage was the rock night at the Moreton Youth club run by the Blackleys. stomping to as you say Free Hawkwind Sabbath Lynrd Skynrd etc and finishing off with Jig a Jig by East of Eden. No alcohol allowed. Think you could smoke though--we used to make rollies from tea leaves or adding nutmeg to tobacco because someone said you could get a buzz---just made you sick. What idiots we were.
The Empress was just a dream as couldn't get there by bus so easily and get home. It was the serious and wannabe bikers rock haven.

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In my long hair leather jacket no motorbike days all we could manage was the rock night at the Moreton Youth club run by the Blackleys. stomping to as you say Free Hawkwind Sabbath Lynrd Skynrd etc and finishing off with Jig a Jig by East of Eden. No alcohol allowed. Think you could smoke though--we used to make rollies from tea leaves or adding nutmeg to tobacco because someone said you could get a buzz---just made you sick. What idiots we were.
The Empress was just a dream as couldn't get there by bus so easily and get home. It was the serious and wannabe bikers rock haven.
I used to go to that on a Friday night the Moreton heavy.We used to buy a bottle of cider from the offy on the cross to drink before we went in this was about 79 to 80.Vanmanone used to go to one they did in Eastham so he told me

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In my long hair leather jacket no motorbike days all we could manage was the rock night at the Moreton Youth club run by the Blackleys. stomping to as you say Free Hawkwind Sabbath Lynrd Skynrd etc and finishing off with Jig a Jig by East of Eden. No alcohol allowed. Think you could smoke though--we used to make rollies from tea leaves or adding nutmeg to tobacco because someone said you could get a buzz---just made you sick. What idiots we were.
The Empress was just a dream as couldn't get there by bus so easily and get home. It was the serious and wannabe bikers rock haven.
Do you remember when wannabe bikers used metal studs to make their own DIY logos on the back of their leather jackets? I remember one poor lad in Ellesmere Port had " Hells Angle* on his.

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Do you remember when wannabe bikers used metal studs to make their own DIY logos on the back of their leather jackets? I remember one poor lad in Ellesmere Port had " Hells Angle* on his.


Yep..Tried it on what we called a cut down--usually a denim jacket with the arms cut off worn over your leather

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Yep..Tried it on what we called a cut down--usually a denim jacket with the arms cut off worn over your leather
I remember lads wearing cut downs


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come to think of it,my friend same age as me used to go to the empress with her older sister & she was under age,another haunt for us bikers was stairways in Argyle st


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sticky floor stairways. Only went once--too loud--just as I was maturing out of the long hair scene. There was another occasional venue in oxton in the basement of an old house--the columbia

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I remember the Empress well, i started drinking there when i was 16 years old around 1975, and yes i had long hair, over the years i think i got to know everyone in there, Pete the DJ, the guys behind the bar, and of course the doormen, one of those was Mike smallish bloke, taught me Karate on Saturdays, a great bloke! and of course all the beautiful girls, and if you were lucky you got to tap off with, unless you brought your'e own!
Then there was the hundreds of bikes parked outside, that was a great sight, and even better when they raced off to the traffic lights at the top of the road.
They did a film shown on Granda tv, so had film crew in filming us doing the stomp and the other one!! then went to Wigan Casino to film soul music, don't know what year that was, so had my 15 minutes of fame well thats not true as i have been on Coast as well, ha!
But yes miss the Empress and all the people i used to know, Sue [ who i was madly in love with,] Karen, Bones, Rivit, Mac, Maly [RIP] Roy, steve, peter to name a few, yes great times!

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I don't have pictures but I believe my grandfather owned this club in the 50's & 60's. Possibly with his brother. Jack and Billy Magee

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