I never made it to the Mayflower but, living in Denton, used to pass it regularly along Hyde Rd. Yeah - it was an old, single story, pitched roof, brick-built cinema/music hall scuzzy type place. I was a bit young for its Crasstafarian/Oi type post-punk gigs. I think there's a car wash on the site now - on your left coming out of town.
A quick google of its former "Stoneground" incarnation (mentioned on one of the flyers here) leads to a mine of info at cres1.lancs.ac.uk...
Does anyone know whatever happened to Ian Chambers of The Hoax ?.We had a band when we were in the same class at school around 1974 and knocked about together when we left,the last time I saw him he had just joined The Hoax.
Result! A quick google of "cinema birch street" came up with this - photo and memories. The Mayflower/Stoneground was built as The Corona Cinema and was then The Southern Sporting Club variety venue. Also photo showing its former location all at
the band i was in,played at the mayflower around 78-79,we supported the hoax(or did they support us)who cared,we did,nt have a regular name,we picked "expert advice" on the night.it was the vibe at the time.the booze came first with us lot.not the fame.ha,ha,its a wonder i remember it.the guitarist was eric waters who played bass with private sector.thats what i remember of the mayflower.and tony is spot on with his quick google result.cheers.
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