Friday, June 20, 2014

B.I.T. Rock Nights

Someone posted these photos on Facebook which shows the stage at B.I.T. (Bolton Institute of Technology) Saturday Rock Nights.

I started going there back in 1973 and it was here where I met Kathleen, my wife. I can remember the first time I saw her standing in the large queue waiting to go in. She wore a long black coat that went to the floor and had freaky hair! Sometimes she wore an Afghan coat and other freaky clothes!
Saw some great groups there, Judas Priest, Dr Feelgood, John Peel and loads of local groups like Black Cat Bone and Iron Maiden. A great atmosphere and I lived for Saturday nights at B.I.T. even more so when Kathleen and I got together.

The rock disco was super, played classic rock tracks and often missed the last bus home because we stayed to dance to the last songs. I can still visualise in my mind what it was like at B.I.T.with the chairs in a separate room where you sit and talk, the stage and dance floor and the bar area where you could buy Younger's Tartan Ale and Newcastle Browns and if you were hungry, lovely steak barms!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I used to go to BIT late 70s then it shut down for a while, re opened around 83. I remember all the hippies gyrating to Allez Ali Baba Blacksheep by Planet Gong. Freaks with crushed top hats then loads of bikers, I was 13 when I first started going and couldn't get into the bar. By the early 80s, old enough to go in the bar, it had changed quite a bit. Got pretty rowdy lots of fights towards the end. Then it shut down forever. Hawkwind booming out of the speakers. Some of the best memories growing up. Also the swan Cellar, Dog and Partridge, earlier Star and Garter. Can also remember when mods came into fashion. massive fights on Bolton town square when they took over the town hall steps where we used to sit. The week after the bikers arrived and we got the upper hand.