The Keg O’Kee

The Keg O’Kee was a night club on Market St. Atherton.

The building started life ages ago as one of the original cinemas in the town (The Palace Cinema). 

It was converted to a club in the early 60’s.

Originally ‘The Caroline Club’ until 1964 it was then purchased by a Roy Bennett, (a local ex Teacher). Roy was an astute, nice guy who saw the value of a town centre night club that hosted good local bands and artists. It was named the Keg O’ Kee, - an unusual name but known locally as simply ‘The Keg’.

Sadly Roy died in 2001 but he’ll be remembered for creating this great little club that packed the audiences in. 

I played at The Keg with ‘Cleveland Fox Band’ a few times in the late 60’s and I recollect it always being a great night, with a packed dance floor. Part of the venue was a casino but I don’t remember that too well. My lasting memory, however, will be lugging Marshall cabinets and drums up the side fire escape to the first floor of the club, and back down again at the end of the gig (what fun we had in those days).

Roy married Hazel, otherwise known as ‘Sid’. In 1970 they changed the club name to ‘Sidroys’ and shortly after converted the club to ‘Sidroys restaurant’. This proved a popular move as the restaurant continued successfully throughout the 1970’s and 80’s. Nostalgically though it will always be ‘The Keg’ that people, of my vintage, will remember.

Maurice Newton 

Keg oKee

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