Locarno (Burnley)

The Locarno Ballroom was in Centenary Way, Burnley, Lancashire and opened on Tuesday, October 23, 1962.
The Locarno Ballroom was on the corner of Centenary Way and Yorkshire Street. It was also known as The Burnley Locarno or The Burnley Mecca.
It cost £250,000 to build and during its contraction Mecca Dancing staged its dances and events at The Burnley Mechanics, Manchester Road, Burnley.
Barry Russell was the manager, who had owned The Thing Club in Robson Street off Union Street, Oldham, Lancashire.
The General Manager was John Goodings.
Advertised in The Lancashire Evening Telegraph of Tuesday, October 22, 1963 as
Mecca Locarno, Burnley 1st Birthday Week Tomorrow (Wed.) 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. - 3/6 Late Night Gala Cabaret Ball Gifts : Mecca Film Dancing Stars- Eric Lashbrooke and Norma Graves Rose Room to 1 a.m. Two Bands Late buses: Accrington, Rawtenstall Nelson, Colne, Barnoldswick Be Sure To Come Early.
On Friday, March 26, 1965 they had a farewell party for Goodings who left the club.
In The Lancashire Evening Telegraph of Thursday, March 25, 1965 it said
Burnley Locarno Tomorrow Night Farewell Party for General Manager John Goodings Non-stop Dancing to the Dennis Langfield Orchestra and Dennis Hooper 4 Licensed Bars & Restaurant 8 p.m. to Midnight. Admission 5/-.
Also, The General Manager was Laurence J. Mealey, who replaced Goodings.
The club later became The Cat's Whiskers and Ritzy..

John H. Warburg September 2022
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