This was a club in Bolton, Ray Teret the dj, great music. I remember they had coffins as tables.


I worked on the door from the beginning till the end. As I recall the owner was Terry Allan, and his wife Pauline, could be wrong about the surname. For me, the most memorable night was when "The Pretty Things" played there, Viv Prince on drums was amazing, I had my back up against his bass drum at the front of stage to stop it falling off, the crowd was going wild in front of me, he was lathered in sweat, so was I.

On another occasion Jimmy Saville was booked, he came up the fire escape at the back with his agent, he wouldn't show his face until he was paid £100 I recall, the record deck was in a church pew. At the time I believe he lived in a caravan towed behind his car.

Donovan was booked cheap, then hit the charts and pulled out.

Not much more to report except my fellow doorman was Morris Epilet, a rare Asian doorman, from Halliwell who continued  n the security game for many years after.

Jack Stokes

I had friends in a group called ' The Babes' , they often played at the Boneyard, copied the Spencer Davies group a bit. the bass player was called Bob, he was a draughtsman at Bolton Gate Co. His family had a bit of money and I heard my first stereo record at  his house (Sgnt. Peppers).

Nigel Taylor

I preferred the "Beachcomber" to the "Boneyard", better atmosphere all round (and there were more rooms + more going on at the fantastic "Beachcomber") I had a small coffin made from a piece of mahogany and had it hanging around my neck on some chrome chain (I pinched from work) to match the tables you sat at which were coffins, this did not go down very well with the Tommy Cooper dressed doorman when the "Boneyard" changed ownership and became the "Caroline Lounge" I was told to remove it or I would not be let in- Charming! I will always remember, I think it was "Woods Music shop" which was underneath the "Boneyard...Good old days, wish I could relive them!

Dave Evans




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