Locarno Ballroom and Mecca

By Simon Mortimer

Locarno Ballroom and Mecca. Photo taken in 1961
Stevenage Museum. P6815
This page was added on 07/01/2011.

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  • Friday 1 November 1968 is a memorable date for me at the Stevenage Mecca, happy days and happy memories, yes how we hated it when the ‘orchestra’ came on and just had to retire to the bar!

    By Stephen Barrett (02/11/2019)
  • I remember this too. Had many great times at the Mecca. I remember going to the midnight ball from Midnight to 4 am. I walked home to Bedwell. A copper picked me up and took me home. Great times. Great dancing and I loved dressing up in all the mod clothes.

    Best time of my life. CB – now living in Canada.

    By CB (24/07/2019)
  • We often went by coach from Luton to the Locarno on a Saturday night.

    Easter 1964 we were given a base metal charm of a chicken coming out of an egg as we paid. Mine had a flat base and at the end of the evening I was called up on stage and given a 9 carat gold one in a case. Don’t know if this was a local promotion or if they were given out at all the Mecca dancehalls. Lovely memories. Does anyone remember this promotion?

    By D Davidson (07/04/2019)
  • Amazing memories of the Mecca. Saw many groups ( not bands as they are now called) Stevie wonder, small faces too. Dancing with my friends, started off on Saturday mornings when we were young. Picked up by my dad wasn’t aloud to go home alone then. Monday in the patio suite much later on. Kathleen Nye ( Bristow)

    By Kathleen nye (25/01/2019)
  • Fanastic place so many great memories from 1969.
    Used to go there every Saturday night revolving stage Glenn Campbell Rhinestone Cowboy playing.
    Almost 50 years ago now. Mohair suit, beautiful blond girlfriend now I am old and grey!
    Happy Days

    By Ray (06/01/2018)
  • I remember it well. I started off on Saturday mornings, moved on to the afternoons and then the pinnacle of social aspiration – Saturday nights. How we hated it when the ‘orchestra’ came on! The powder room looks so small!! Monday night was also the Mecca, Friday was ‘Bowes’ then Sunday was a long trip to The Cherry in WGC.

    By Caroline Scott (07/02/2014)
  • I also remember the Monday nights – a lifetime ago!

    By Lynne Newbury (30/12/2012)
  • It took me a moment to realize where this was… of course, the powder room of the Locarno Ballroom & Mecca. Loved this place. Monday Night Mecca…Saturday Night and my favourite was Sunday Night at the ???. Saw some great & not so great artists.. Tony Blackburn, Stuart Henry,Johnnie Walker (very fond memories) Go-Go dancing competitions! Broken hearts! The powder room smelling of talcum powder and hairspray and the strobe lights that meant wearing black a disaster… it made everyone look as though they had dandrufff…..

    By Terri Anderson (18/06/2012)
  • the Mecca…… where I met my first love, Paul Nesbitt, he came over with the Hemel boys…… many a fun night was had there in my youth….. 1967-1971, saw a lot of great bands….. loved the revolving stage and the ‘starry’ ceiling and even though this photo of the ‘powder room’ makes it look like a laundromat we thought it was the coolest place to ever…..

    By Christine Burwell (Banham) (02/03/2012)

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