The Gainsborough Club,  Salford

The club was built under a railway line into Manchester. The acts were often interrupted by the rumbling and vibrations of the trains going overhead.

All the bands from around the Manchester area appeared there. Derek Johns the manager and compere was a family friend and I sometimes helped out on the bar.

I remember the first time I went in the club, part way through the entertainment there was a loud screeching of chairs being push back. My mother said Paul Daniels is on next, nobody likes him so we all go to the bar or play roulette. It doesn't seem to have done millionaire Paul Daniels any harm and it probably pushed Derek's takings up. Unfortunately Derek died some years ago.  

Picture above shows from the right: my mother Hilda, Derek Johns, my mother's friends Joyce and Pat and the doorman.

Linda Gorton 8/4/14