Marina days


I’ve had a query from drummer Alf Pink with memories from the early 1960s:

“I have been asked recently about Ricky”s Club in Goldsmith Avenue. We shared alternate weeks as the Dynamos with The Diplomats and the club was owned and run by Ricky Midgeley. Now I am being asked about The Marina club – can you or anyone assist please?”

We know that Ricky’s opened in the mid 1950s and was one of the first places advertising rock & roll dancing. It had certainly become the Marina by the mid-late 1960s, owned I believe by Gary Buck’s father. Gary was a DJ there and indeed still does that around the city, specialising in Motown and soul.

In a sense the Marina took over as the place to which the ‘old’ Birdcage mods gravitated – those who were not interested in the splash of colour, LSD etc that arrived in 1967. They preferred suits, haircuts and dancing to the black American (and Jamaican stuff).

At some point (1970s?) it became the Sound Barrier but I think was much the same, then in the 1980s it offered a more mixed diet, including live (local) bands. I can’t remember what it was called, but I do recall playing there a couple of times with the Reds around 1986, and one night even did the DJ duties (without posing any threat to PC).Richard Midgley H.2003.227 Dancing3 copyDancing at Ricky’s, late 1950s

That potted history is really all I know; it’s a bit imprecise, but maybe others can add more information.


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

4 thoughts on “Marina days

  1. Two happy mods at The Marina, myself and Charlie Bish, long time mate of Pete Cross.



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