Monday, 22 December 2008

DANCE ON

THIS IS THE BLOG OF COLIN JONES, RHYL TOWN COUNCILLOR: BODFOR WARD
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The opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own and not the views of the town council.
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The building that houses Dorothy Perkins and Burton, 38 High Street, Rhyl, has a lot of history. Its distinctive flat roof provided a handy place for fire-watchers during World War 2. The business was just ‘Burton the tailor’ in those days. Eventually second floor of the building became Regent Ballroom then Regent Dansette where The Beatles played on Saturday July 14, 1962.

The photo above shows local band The Strangers who played support on that occasion; they performed regularly at the venue before and after. This picture was taken just seven days before The Beatles visited. The Strangers were (left to right) Dennis Rothwell (guitar), Pete Williams (drums), Jeff Sutton (guitar & vocals) and Pat Shuttle (bass guitar).

The picture was provided by Pat’s widow Mrs. Jane Shuttle for inclusion in my book ‘Rhyl Music In The Ritz Years 1955-1968’, and it is used here with permission - thanks, Jane. The Regent, Ritz, Queens Ballroom and the rest of the dance halls have long gone. Pity that none survived long enough to take advantage of a new wave of interest created by BBC TV's ‘Strictly Come Dancing’!

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