More from Carole: her 1960 Membership card for the Court School of Dancing which was taken over by the Birdcage in 1965. The back showed that it was part of a national federation of such venues
Carole told me she and her friends would go there on a Sunday night and dance to singles played on a record player – no PA, no sound system and a gap before the next one was put on, but no one cared – what else was there? One attraction was that it was a favourite haunt for the Pompey youth team members, most of whom lived in Yarborough Road in a hostel presided over by Douggie Reid and his wife.
Carole recalls that they all had to leave to be home for 10.30pm – and the Court would always play “Save the Last Dance for Me”. Songs of Innocence, but maybe not Experience?