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Thursday, 16 May 2013


 A series of pictures and testimony from those who were there. Names deleted to protect the innocent : )

                                                               The Aintree Institute


"Weird, just to think I had my 40th in there and not long after it was knocked down :(("

"That's where i saw them, God getting old ///"

"We saw them there it was brill"

"yeh//anyone who saw them knew they would make it big time ."

" Has any one got more pictures of that night I was there"

"We were there fab x"

"We went to brill"

"My aunty went to see them when they first appeared in the Cavern along with many other great Mersey bands. She said John was very rude...found him arrogant, ended up swilling him with a drink later in the night haha,  always been a fiesty lady.x"

"Pete Best on drums too!"

 This pic is of them on the 'Royal Iris'.


" I was there that nite,+ yes John could be very sarcastic..."
"I was there too, it was the first time I saw them with leather jackets as I had one on too. Had a quiff similar to Paul in those days."

"John V Proffitt did you go with our cousin David ? He was always asking me to go but I was too shy then ha ha now I know what I missed.I did see them several times on the Locarno also on the Empire on one show also on the bill were,Roy Orbison Cilla Black and other top artists,that would'nt happen now they would all be on separate bills"

"Hi Dot, I went with another friend, it was the first time I had been to the Aintree Institute or heard the band. Rory Storm and The Hurricanes were more popular around that time and we know what happened from there onwards. Our Gwen went there alot more than I did. I used to go to the Locarno too and saw all the bands in the Walls Ice Cream Contest."

"Rory Storm and the Hurricanes were always on The Orrell Park Ballroom,which was a favourite venue of ours, I wasn't so keen on Rory's group,we used to love Mark Peters and the Silhouettes also Ian and the Zodiacs"

"We went to the Aintree Institute to see them"

"I'm sure this was the night, the girls nearest the stage stood on chairs, I was impaled by a stiletto heel, when one of the girls stepped down backwards on my right foot. I still bear the scar to this day."

 The Aintree Institute demolished. 

Me? I lived two hundred yards away


Jay Paoloni said...

That must have been quite an experience, especially thinking of it years later. I wish, oh so wish, I had witnessed Freddie Mercury singing Barcellona at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony or the Queen concert at Wembley.

Mike Keyton said...

I sympathise. Mind you, you always have youtube : )

Seriously, all memories have value and regrets are double edged. We all have them.

LD Masterson said...

Wow. Those are some pretty awesome memories.

Did something special bring them out today?

Mike Keyton said...

All memories are awesome, Linda. A goldfish would kill for them : )

No, what brought this post out was opportunism and me enjoying the memories of those who were there at that time in that building - one of the landmarks of my youth. It seemed a ready made post and something that might interest others.

Maria Zannini said...

Why do you suppose no one tried to save the Aintree from demolition? Especially considering the history.

Anonymous said...

What did they do to the Liverpool landmarks. The OPB, the Carlton picture house, the Atlas, the original Cavern. All gone to history and our memories. Such a shame to see the old Liverpool landmarks gone !!

Mike Keyton said...

Maria you don't know what you have until you lose it. Liverpool has suffered more from fools than the luftwaffe (Yes, I know - probably overstating the case) I mean some jobsworth allowed the destruction of the original Cavern Club when the Beatles were at the height of their fame. In its place we have a 'facsimile' on the other side of the same street. It's interesting to see people drift down Matthew Street and stare at the empty space where it all happened.

Mike Keyton said...

Hi Anon, and thanks for stopping by. I agree. Like I said to Maria, it's easier to destroy than to build. I'm all for change but it has to be considered and intelligent - in so far as it is possible.

Anonymous said...

I hate progress. My hometown was ruined by "urban renewal," which in fact wasn't. The city bought and tore down some of the most unique and architecturally significant buildings in town and now, *ahem* all these years later, the city center is inhabited by ghosts. And my ill will toward the fools responsible.

Mike Keyton said...

Good lord, I forgot to answer this. Sorry, Crash. And you're right. The word 'urban renewal' is an euphanism the Nazis could be proud of.