Nostalgia

Were you a “dirty stop out” in 1970s Altrincham? This writer wants to hear your stories

By David Prior at

The era defined by glam rock, industrial action and the rise of punk is set to be immortalised in a new book by former Piccadilly Radio presenter Rikki Wright.

The Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Manchester will celebrate the era dominated by venues like The Free Trade Hall, Russell Club and The Electric Circus.

Sale writer Rikki is keen to include as many memories, photos and memorabilia as possible and is calling on the people of Altrincham to contact her with their stories.

Rikki said: “I want this book to truly recall 1970s Altrincham, to be everybody’s scrapbook of a great time in their lives, and for that, I need your input.

Girls on their way out for the night stop for a photo beforehand

“It was an era of flamboyant fashion, demos, strikes and massive social change. Manchester lead the way in much that was happening in music, social change and sport. It’s 70s bands, political activists and sports teams defined much of Manchester’s place in modern history.”

Were you a regular at The Stamford Hall, The Top Hat Club, The Locarno or The Blue Rooms? Maybe you saw David Bowie at The Hardrock?

Or did you go into Manchester to dance the night away at Umist Heavy Disco, Henry’s, Rotters, Fagins, The Village, Cavendish House, University Union or The Phoenix – and braved the night bus home?

A typical cabaret-style audience in the 1970s

Did you see legendary early gigs by Buzzcocks, Queen or even the Sex Pistols? Maybe you bought your first denim flares from the Underground Market or maybe you met the love of your life in the taxi queue in Piccadilly Gardens? If so, Rikki wants to hear from you.

The Dirty Stop Out’s Guide series has already proved a massive hit in Sheffield – one volume even persuaded a couple to re-marry after nearly 30 years apart.

More evening shenanigans from the 1970s

To contact Rikki, email her on rikki.wright@outlook.com. Comments and photos can also be added to the Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Manchester Facebook Group.

The Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Manchester is set to be out in the autumn.