CLEETHORPES PIER Talk Of The North All-Nighter
As 1975 dawned Northern Soul was in its heyday and Lancashire was at its epicentre, home to super clubs Wigan Casino and the West Coast Blackpool Mecca. However, over on the East Coast a rival scene had been slowly molding, shaped by Mary Chapman and her Lincolnshire Soul Club. On a cold winter’s night (11pm February 7th, 1975) the doors opened to the pavilion at the end of Cleethorpes Pier for the inaugural “Talk Of The North” all-nighter. As the North Sea battered the iron piles the huge wooden dancefloor swayed to the beat of a new Northern Soul rhythm crafted by the country’s finest DJ’s.
From the start Cleethorpes was a great successes and, for a short time, it challenged the mighty Casino and put the East Coast firmly on the soul map. For a fleeting 13 months the Pier DJ’s established themselves, and the venue, at the forefront of the Northern Soul scene creating a unique playlist of treasured “oldies” and newly discovered rarities. Captured here is the essence of the Pier’s music policy that blended the old with the new and sounds as fresh today as it did over forty years ago.