The Portsmouth Music Scene
In Osborne Road Southsea, is a building that has had many lives. Presently it is a Casino, previously it was a Playboy Club, but older readers may recall it as Kimbells Ballroom.
And a final word from Pete Cross.
Superb memories and I often wondered what happened to the old place upstairs- the Ballroom was one of "the " places to hold Dinner Dances. In its last days was run by the very forceful Miss Martin (ex Copper I believe- Inspector?)) A Margaret Rutherford type woman who stood no nonsence - God help anybody if they sprayed Fun string on her carpets. Her staff were mainly elderly ladies .
I recall doing Tea Dances with sheer fear - The audience would come in and put French Chalk on the Dance floor (when Miss M wasn`t looking) and she would pop on stage to give me instructions what to do - I remember doing a strict tempo then she said "play a progressive " - obviously not Hendrix - I had no idea what to do (where`s Kingsley when you needed him)
The downstairs bar had myself and Frantic Fran doing various nights- I can`t recall the name of the Manageress but her boyfriend at the time? John was the Manager - he later died.
Johny Miller`s name always brings back memories of the lush red surroundings he had in all of his venues - Jolly Sailor, The Pickwick pub on Milton Road near the turning to Fratton Park - the name escapes me - he also took over The Wedgeroom Rooms for a while - I understand he moved to Spain (true or nor I don`t know).
As I say wonderful pictures and they certainly bring back some nice memories - though humping the gear up the back stairs was a bugger
OK, one more last word from Nigel Grundy,
Two photographs taken at Kimbells by Nigel Grundy in 1968, but who was the band?