The Kingfisher (25a Warren St, Andrew Square, Stockport)
The Kingfisher was situated upstairs in a building behind a pub called the Kings Head.
I think it is now a shop selling furniture, and it was at the crossroads opposite Asda supermarket. I first knew it as the Koquette Club.
I was probably about 16 when I used to go (1962). After a while, it changed names to the Kingfisher, and used to see all the up and coming groups there. I frequented all the local clubs at this time in my life, Manor Lounge, Kings Hall, Stockport Town Hall, Adswood Youth Cclub, etc etc, depending where my favourites were playing. There was plenty to chose from, so eventually I stopped going, prefering other clubs.
Another change of name later on seemed a bit ironic. Tthe name was, Blazes. Guess what? It burned down! The building was pulled down a long time ago, and I'm not sure if it has been built on yet.
I now live in Spain and only visit Stockport occasionly, so I'm not very up to date with things.
Dave Moore - 24/5/10
The Kingfisher Club in Stockport was previously called the KoQuete Club which was above a car show room in Andrews Square. The Hollies played there. The floor used to vibrate when you were dancing and loud music was played.
nother buzzing place in the late sixties was the Enchanted Castle (The George Hotel) Mersey Square amd another hang out was Joe's Cafe Romiley plus St Albans Church Disco, Offerton.
Frank Quigley - 1/11/10
Went to the Kingfisher regularly. Bands I recall playing there - Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Pete Mclaine & the Clan & Dave Berry & the Cruisers.
Peter Fone - 26/7/13
The Kingfisher Club was at 25a Warren Street, Andrew Square, Stockport, Cheshire.
The Kingfisher formerly The Koquette Club was situated over a car showroom in Andrew Square and was remembered for it's red painted interior, which was still dripping on the opening night. The dance floor would vibrate due to the loud music according to people The Kings Arms Pub which was near by.
It had a capacity of 250 and it quickly established itself as a premier club offering nightly dances and live bands throughout the week. Some of the bands that appeared there during their infancy were The Hollies and Herman's Hermits. The Kingfisher would also hold fancy dress competitions offering prizes like concert tickets for The Beatles, hard to get at the time.
Pickstock not only managed, ran this club but also The Manor Lounge Club, Wellington Road South, Stockport (from 1963), The Tabernacle, Middle Gate, Stockport (from 1966), Sgt. Peppers, Middle Gate, Stockport (from 1967) and Blazes, Stockport.
14 April 2020