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    The end of the Somali Club, Upper Parliament Street: 10th March 1983








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    Which part of UPS?

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    Another little piece of local history bites the dust! Used to drink in there ( bottles only) in the 70's before going to the ?????? club over the road, which was also knocked down, some time ago.Does anyone remember it's name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Another little piece of local history bites the dust! Used to drink in there ( bottles only) in the 70's before going to the ?????? club over the road, which was also knocked down, some time ago.Does anyone remember it's name?
    Was it the Yaruba? Something like that, memory failing me. Didn't go there myself much, preferred the Somali.

    Re the enquiry, 'what part of UPS'? If you faced the building, Hope St was on your left, Church of Christ Scientist next, then Parliament Place, then block with Somali in. To its right was Percy Street. All rebuilt now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Another little piece of local history bites the dust! Used to drink in there ( bottles only) in the 70's before going to the ?????? club over the road, which was also knocked down, some time ago.Does anyone remember it's name?
    The club opposite was The Tudor Club AKA Dutch Eddies number 60 Upper Parliament St.
    The Yoruba was on the Block between Granby St. and Verulam St.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shytalk View Post
    The club opposite was The Tudor Club AKA Dutch Eddies number 60 Upper Parliament St.
    The Yoruba was on the Block between Granby St. and Verulam St.
    I don't remember the old Yoruba club there, but I do remember it's new premises when they took over the old 21 club - approx 1980'ish.
    (That has now gone too.) I think there are new apartments there now.
    Do you remember the 21 club Shy ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    I don't remember the old Yoruba club there, but I do remember it's new premises when they took over the old 21 club - approx 1980'ish.
    (That has now gone too.) I think there are new apartments there now.
    Do you remember the 21 club Shy ?
    That was where the Yoruba was in the 60's when I lived in Granby St.
    Remember the name of the 21, don't think I ever went in there.
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    Yes, of course. The old saying about 'if you remember the 60s you weren't there' definitely applies to my time in some of those places! All a bit of a fog...

    The Somali I do remember in great detail, however, being somewhat of a 'home from home' when I lived in Huskisson Street and other places round there. The ever-changing wallpaper, the appalling bogs, the cheap curry upstairs and, of course, the jukebox. I always fancied producing a compilation album called "The Somali Jukebox". Whenever I hear some of those tunes it takes me right back there-

    Cockney Rebel- come up and see me.
    Fleetwood Mac- go you own way
    Candy Staton- Young hearts run free (saw her play this at the WOMAD festival last year)

    -are some that always seemed to be on. My favourite was Hamilton Bohannon's 'South African Man' which was a real stomper that got everyone up- and often the tables over!

    There was also the Nigeria halfway along the Avenue. Didn't go in there much, never found the vibe too welcoming in there.

    Which were the places that later opened in the old Deaf Centre, the round church at the top of the Avenue and round the corner from Princes Park Gates on Ullet Road? It was in a formerly-grand house and had an impressive mural of white horses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shytalk View Post
    That was where the Yoruba was in the 60's when I lived in Granby St.
    Remember the name of the 21, don't think I ever went in there.
    the 21 club was set back from the road - where the road curves around to the right from Lodge lane, around to Princes Park. I think Bently rd ran at the back of it ( I'd have to check my A to Z).

    Anyway, the Yoruba moved into the old 21 club and stayed until the building was eventually boarded up then later the site was redeveloped.

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    I thought the 21 club was at 21 Devonshire Rd.. If it wasn't which was the club on Devonshire Rd?.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shytalk View Post
    The club opposite was The Tudor Club AKA Dutch Eddies number 60 Upper Parliament St.
    The Yoruba was on the Block between Granby St. and Verulam St.
    Thats the one! thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by shytalk View Post
    I thought the 21 club was at 21 Devonshire Rd.. If it wasn't which was the club on Devonshire Rd?.
    I think I can remember the L&D, and mybe the Silver Sands. One or both on Devonshire / Belvedere, in the early-ish 80s. I was very young, though. Young enough that it was still a thrill to actually get served, especially in such shady shebeens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by knowhowe View Post
    Which were the places that later opened in the old Deaf Centre, the round church at the top of the Avenue and round the corner from Princes Park Gates on Ullet Road? It was in a formerly-grand house and had an impressive mural of white horses.
    The IBO and the Gladray?

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    I lived in Princes Gate East in 1970, but always went right into town to drink.

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    I grew up in the South End and lived on Berkley St for a while, the Somali was one of my hang outs too, also spent many a Friday afternoon in the Gladray (anyone remembers Gloria) ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scouse mouse View Post
    I grew up in the South End and lived on Berkley St for a while, the Somali was one of my hang outs too, also spent many a Friday afternoon in the Gladray (anyone remembers Gloria) ?
    don't know gloria but was in there a few times to watch strippers and there was a bloke in there called 'panama' i was a teen then he was a bloke not to mess with

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoney View Post
    don't know gloria but was in there a few times to watch strippers and there was a bloke in there called 'panama' i was a teen then he was a bloke not to mess with
    Gloria was one of the strippers Shoney. I was working in construction back then and we all used to go there on a Friday afternoon.

    I don't remember 'panama', but there were lots like that around there, the Ungi family for one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scouse mouse View Post
    Gloria was one of the strippers Shoney. I was working in construction back then and we all used to go there on a Friday afternoon.

    I don't remember 'panama', but there were lots like that around there, the Ungi family for one.

    i remember those days were scary but fun, , i may have been standing next to you while the strippers were on

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    Quote Originally Posted by scouse mouse View Post
    I grew up in the South End and lived on Berkley St for a while, the Somali was one of my hang outs too, also spent many a Friday afternoon in the Gladray (anyone remembers Gloria) ?
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    She had big boobs!
    She most certainly did.

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    Just after I started doing discos for the Race Relations Council they decided to have an ethnic awareness week (although I'm sure it wasn't called that in those days). One night we all went to the West Indian Club and had salt fish and other delicacies, another night was the Chinese club, and we also visited the Ibo and the Yoruba clubs. It was quite an interesting week, as the Ibo (who always seemed to wear suits and ties) welcomed the Yoruba (who wore colourful flowing robes) into their club, and vice versa.

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    I used to go to Yoruba mid week and found myself in the Ibo and The Domino Club a couple of times.

    Weekends we would go to Baileys and Penny Farthing.

    Dont remeber the eighties much was drunk for most of it.

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