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    The Grafton Ballroom in Liverpool, United Kingdom opened in 1924. Now a legend, it was a purpose-built dance hall able to accommodate 1200 dancers. It was built next to the Locarno Ballroom which is now known as the Liverpool Olympia.


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    Joe Loss, Victor Sylvester, Duke Ellington and The Beatles have all played The Grafton

    Since the 1970's, the Grafton has been historically notorious as Liverpool's leading Grab-a-granny venue. most Thursday nights, adolescent young men from all over the city would head for the Grafton in the hope of forging a brief romantic encounter with one of the city's thirty-something divorcees.

    They were rarely unsuccessful.

    I've had many - a - night in the Grafton when I was 18
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    Quote Originally Posted by kev
    The Grafton Ballroom in Liverpool, United Kingdom opened in 1924. Now a legend, it was a purpose-built dance hall able to accommodate 1200 dancers. It was built next to the Locarno Ballroom which is now known as the Liverpool Olympia.

    Joe Loss, Victor Sylvester, Duke Ellington and The Beatles have all played The Grafton

    Since the 1970's, the Grafton has been historically notorious as Liverpool's leading Grab-a-granny venue. most Thursday nights, adolescent young men from all over the city would head for the Grafton in the hope of forging a brief romantic encounter with one of the city's thirty-something divorcees.

    They were rarely unsuccessful.

    I've had many - a - night in the Grafton when I was 18
    oh my god,i went there a couple of times, it was fun though, i used to work next door at the carlton casino (back then)

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    Oh, the stories we could share.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kev
    Oh, the stories we could share.
    quite scary int it

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    Yes, I went with a mate once and he phoned me at 6am the next morning, not knowing where he was. He was attempting to leave a block of flats somewhere.

    It turned out to be middle of Kirby
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    Quote Originally Posted by kev
    Yes, I went with a mate once and he phoned me at 6am the next morning, not knowing where he was. He was attempting to leave a block of flats somewhere.

    It turned out to be middle of Kirby
    so it was a good night then?ha ha

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    For him? Probably
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    Regards the Grafton, I can give you a couple of blitz stories if you want?, and a couple of black taxi ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by FKoE
    I can give you a couple of blitz stories if you want?
    Meaning drunk? Go ed then
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    No seriously, May blitz stories, and after..... I'll write a synopsis tomorrow fer yers ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FKoE
    No seriously, May blitz stories, and after..... I'll write a synopsis tomorrow fer yers ...
    Looking forward to that, cheers
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    Grab-a-granny
    I go for more between the ages of 18 -23.

    Just kidding, I know what age group you mean.
    Gididi Gididi Goo.

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    Is there much trouble in there?

    Have always thought about taking me mates down there for a laugh, reckon it'd be safe enough for a couple of tourists to have a good time?

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    I remember Liverpool playing a European tie in Turkey and in response to a banner reading "Welcome to Hell" someone had a banner that read "You call this hell? You wanna try the Grafton on a Saturday night!"

    Genius! LOL!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt
    I remember Liverpool playing a European tie in Turkey and in response to a banner reading "Welcome to Hell" someone had a banner that read "You call this hell? You wanna try the Grafton on a Saturday night!"

    Genius! LOL!!

    I SAW THAT!!! Funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev
    Looking forward to that, cheers
    Well I'll get on it this weekend, I shattered at the mo'..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    Yes, I went with a mate once and he phoned me at 6am the next morning, not knowing where he was. He was attempting to leave a block of flats somewhere.

    It turned out to be middle of Kirby
    I did the same thing. Do we know each other?

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    Default The Grafton. Then and now.

    1937 & 2006.
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    oh deary me the grafton eh...... i bet everyone in the city and beyond has a few tales about that place, i rememeber i was in greece on holiday

    on year and became friends with some scottish lads, telling me that they used to come down here to play footie. one time,the guy said they all went to this

    nightclub and dont remember much, but must've been good cos the scored(if ya catch my drift) with some 30 odd yr olds. for days they were trying to think of

    the name, then, one day one of the guys comes up to me shouting "the grafton, it was the grafton club" oh f**k me, i shoulda known, i thought
    Don't believe everything you hear..... Just everything you say.

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    During the 40s and 50s The Grafton was THE place to go. It

    had a sprung dancefloor and it would bounce when they jived on it. All the big bands used to come and play on there. My dad sung on the Grafton during the

    50s - they called him "Liverpool's Boy Wonder" and his photo was outside in the display. My mum said she only needed her hips replacing cos she wore them

    out jiving at the Grafton! It was a very respectable place in them days. No alocohol - just tea and orange juice.

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    The Grafton was a very Ritzy place inside. You only had to go to the toilets to see that. Leather

    clad buttoned doors and a room off the toilets with only fiull length mirrors all around. It put modern places to shame. And that is no

    exageration.

    I met a Londoner, in London, and he told me of his experiences of Liverpool in the 1950s. He said the Grafton was brilliant, far better

    than anything London had at the time.
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    We lived across the road from the

    Grafton in Hughes St. Me Mum and Dad were never out of the place in the early 50s and mum learned all her dance steps on the top floor of The Olympia Pub as

    a kid. Her mate Jean Rogers was the daughter of the parents who ran the pub. I've still got a couple of their dance competition medals somewhere.
    Here's

    a few pics. The first one is of my Mum's mate (far left). She reckons it was taken in '48 or '49. The others were taken earlier this year when I popped in

    to see a mate of mine. If anyone's old enough to recall how it used to be, they'll be dissapointed how it looks

    nowadays.











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    I was in there during the mid/ late 1990's when I was 17/18. Still

    the same then.
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    Did you grab a granny?
    Gididi Gididi Goo.

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    Default An ode to the Grafton Rooms

    Joined up just to post this poem I wrote. Posted it on a site called Authors Den, but You lot might like it too>>>

    Grab a granny, grab a gran.
    Do the business if you can.
    Down a bevvy, down a few.
    Anything in a skirt will do.
    Hit the dance floor, hit it fast.
    Don't know how long the band can last.
    One more shimmy, one more beer.
    Kicking out times nearly here.
    Out the night club, off yer head.
    Donna, taxi and home to bed.
    Grab a granny, grab a gran.
    Do the business if you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeDainty View Post
    Joined up just to post this poem I wrote. Posted it on a site called Authors Den, but You lot might like it too>>>
    I like it.
    I know he has a broad Mancunian accent, but the rhythm is well suited for John Cooper Clarke to recite.

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    If you can go that far back in time we may have danced togther.
    The Grafton was the place to be seen to the more "well-behaved" clientele. Tea and coffe was the order, but NO crumpet while the "Lacarno" was the place to pull or have a punch-up
    Many a friday and saturday spent in both, with my Merchants seamans discharge book sticking out me sky-rocket (back pocket) pre 1959.
    As for "Grab a Granny", no such things in them days. Teddy Boys and Italian style suits and haircuts where the order of the day.
    In the days when we had nothing, we had fun.
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    In my grandmothers days the Grafton was 'select' and would host tea dances. No shenanigans then - it was all very respectable.

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