Swinging London

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Spotted Marc Tuddenham at the IOW opening on Wednesday, after which he sent these memories from his days in CHERRY SMASH. He says

“Hatchett’s Playground opened in 1968 after the old Hatchett’s, formerly a hotel,  had been unused and in disrepair for years.  In the 1920s & 30s it became second only to the Café de Paris as the top venue for dining and dancing. It was a pretty exotic venue – just like walking through a scene from the film Barbarella!”

Hatchett's 1968.jpg


Cheers Marc.

(On that same Friday 11 October Harlem Speakeasy were down the road apiece at Soho’s Flamingo. It should have been thrilling, but was one of the worst gigs of my life. They hated us!)

Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

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