It’s 40 years since the famous Locarno Ballroom in Coventry shut down. Let’s have some memories of it…
- It was designed by Coventry council and had a strung dance floor as well as a revolving stage and was situated on the first pedestrianised shopping centre in the UK on the second floor. The cost in 1958? £211,000.
- They had their first all-nighter in May 1961 and the Glaswegian jazz band, The Clyde Valley Stompers were the first headline act.
- In December 1971 there was an IRA bomb scare during a Led Zeppelin concert and the place had to be evacuated. When the police gave the all-clear, the band and the audience returned.
- Pete Waterman was the resident DJ for over 10 years after it was renamed Tiffany’s and became more of a disco.
- Two live UK number one hits were recorded there, firstly Chuck Berry’s oddity My Ding-A-Ling in 1972 and then nine years later The Special AKA recorded their number one EP Too Much Too Young.
- It was converted to the city library in 1986 which is what it remains today.
New Year’s Eve 1966