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Added 5th June 2007 by kifs

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Talk Of The North
1969

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
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“My parents went frequently in the 60s-70s. It was a real 'chicken in a basket' place.”
22 Jan 2008
“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.”
24 Jul 2008
“Yes, they were owned by the same person,ie Joe Pullen, who also owned the Rainbow Room in Patricroft.”
05 Dec 2010
“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.”
05 Jan 2011
“Worked there 1967 until 1970 Fred Talbot was co-owner Gerry Stockdale head waiter, John Hughes bar manager. Tom Jones, Shirley bassey etc”
13 Jun 2020
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