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Talk Of The North
Says photographer Kevin Cummins;

"Talk of the North was a cabaret club in Eccles.
This is probably from the late 60s. Shane Fenton went onto become Alvin Stardust.

I love the Bonzo Dog bit..." (If you cant read it it says 'Feb. 26th-By public demand. Return of The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (This is not a dog act)...'

Other attractions are Freddie and the Dreamers, Dusty Springfield, Norman Collier and someone called Peter Kaye!

Courtesy of Kevin Cummins
Artefact added : 5th June 2007
by kifs
riceuten Says –
My parents went frequently in the 60s-70s. It was a real 'chicken in a basket' place.
COMMENT ADDED 22nd January 2008
cheshirehousehusband Says –
Yes the Talk of the North was a real celeb venue in the mid seventies, Shirley Bassey, Des O'Connor etc. It might have been owned and run by the same bloke who owned The Wendover hotel in Eccles, another 'quality' venue.

My own connection with the place was when it fell into neglect in the early eighties and became Randy's Fun Bar. After a skin full in Eccles, I'd go there to watch the, 'cabaret' (a bloke in a dress doing Timewarp), and try to stay out of the numerous fights. I once saw three seperate fights taking place in there at the same time, honest. My last memory was going with some friends, one of whom tried to kill themselves in the toilet.

Happy days, very Eccles, very 1980's.
COMMENT ADDED 24th July 2008
PeelGreen Says –
Yes, they were owned by the same person,ie Joe Pullen, who also owned the Rainbow Room in Patricroft.
COMMENT ADDED 5th December 2010
PeelGreen Says –
I also used to go there in the early 60's and the person who really impressed me was Bob Monkhouse.He was on the stage for about two hours non stop; what a brain he must have had.
COMMENT ADDED 5th January 2011
Carl Jones Says –
Worked there 1967 until 1970 Fred Talbot was co-owner Gerry Stockdale head waiter, John Hughes bar manager. Tom Jones, Shirley bassey etc
COMMENT ADDED 13th June 2020
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