Great response to my clubs/venues request – I think this venue deserves its own poster so I need to sort out the details, as for me it was a rather late and only occasional haunt.
I believe it started with jazz and rock & roll in the 1950s and Ricky (Midgeley) was I think the son of the owner. At some point in the 1960s didn’t Gary Buck’s dad take it over and then (into the 1970s) it became the Marina and Sound Barrier (or was it the other way round?)
In the 1980s it became ??? I recall playing there (the Reds I think) but what was its name? And how long did it survive? It looks pretty desolate these days – effectively replaced in that area by the Rifle Club.
I’ve had an email from 1950s/60s jazz promoter Jerry Allen who is coming over from South Africa in June and wants to know whether Ricky is still alive? I’ve no idea. Does anyone know?