Happy Ballroom & More September 1965 by Andre Martin

With the August Bank Holiday behind us, we are now in September 1965, and many are looking forward to the autumn. The Happy Ballroom on Hastings Pier, still has a couple of weeks to run with the Old Time Musicals, but the regular weekly Wrestling season has ended.
Our Friday favourites – Ready Steady Go has just started its 3rd Season on Friday last – the line up included Cathy McGowan and Keith Fordyce, providing the musical entertainment: The Zombies “Whenever You’re Ready”: Honeycombs “That’s the Way” : Who “ My Generation & Dancing In the Street”: The Walker Brothers ”Make it easy on Yourself” also appearing Big Dee Irwin and The Rolling Stones.
The Witch Doctor started as busy week of live groups – Saturday It was The Ides of March plus The Group Survival. Sunday Club featured from Brighton the Shelley. Tuesday night it was a special night with Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers and Friday it was the return of one of the south’s most popular local groups The Confederates.
BBC Radio :Saturday-Light programme. 10.00am Saturday Club, with the Kinks, Chubby Checker, Honey Combs, Elkie Brooks, The Small Faces & The Brian Fahey Orchestra, this week Don Moss is compere for the day.12.00noon Lance A Go Go. 12.30 – Wynter in Swingtime – Mark Winter and The Big Band Sound with Tommy Watt and special guest – WOUT STEENHUIS. 1.15PM Its Murrey Kash Country Music. 2.00pm Fanfayre The New Radio Orchestra with Malcolm Lockyer, Andy Cole, The Overlanders, Rawicz & Landover and the Rita Williams Singers. 4.00pm Its Folk Room this week Donovan, the Settlers, Big Jim Sullivan
Sunday included Easy Beat [10.30] Three Way Family Favourites – London: Koln: and Malta from RAF Luqa BFPO 51. 3.00pm Move Go Round featured “ Operation CrossBow” with Sophie Loren, George Peppard, Trevor Howard, John Mills & Richard Johnson, also a special on Terry Thomas. This was followed at 4.00pm with TOTP.
BBC TV over the weekend included Saturday 5.15pm Juke Box Jury with David Jacobs, Victor Borge, Helen Cherry, Adam Faith and Sandie Shaw. 10.00pm: Oscar Brown Jnr in concert. Sunday featured Noggin the Prince of Nogs amongst the regular programmes.
On ITV Thank Your Lucky Stars – Jim Dale, Chubby Checker, Herman’s Hermits, Rolling Stones, Lulu, Unit 4+2.
That was the week that we saw the end of the summer season, well almost, the White Rock Pavilion show has a couple of weeks to run, many of us who were at college were thinking of returning, or in some instance starting new courses or even starting work. What would the future hold for us? Would we see The Happy Ballroom again being a focal of entertainments for our generation? Time will tell, until the Take Care and enjoy the autumn.

Andre Palfrey-Martin ©2015

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