Dancing back in time to the age of the Queen’s Rink

Skaters at The Queen's Rink.

Skaters at The Queen's Rink.

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Put on your dancing shoes - and waltz back in time to when the Queen’s Rink was club royalty.

“The Clarence Road hall was built as a skating rink in 1910,” said Mail photographic archivist Susan Swinney.

The Queen's Rink - long gone, but still remembered.

The Queen's Rink - long gone, but still remembered.

“It was later used as a garage, then a skating and boxing venue. Dancing was re-introduced in 1933.”

In 1940 the Rink was converted into a full-time dance hall – where soldiers brought their sweethearts for a last waltz.

But, as the decades passed, musical tastes switched from big bands sounds to Beatlemania, rock and roll and skiffle.

“The Kinks played at The Rink in 1964, and other acts included Manfred Mann, The Searchers and Rod Stewart,” said Susan.

The Kinks played at The Rink in 1964, and other acts included Manfred Mann, The Searchers and Rod Stewart. The Rink was club royalty in the North East.

Susan Swinney, photographic archivist for the Hartlepool Mail.

“The final curtain fell, however, in March 1968, and the hall was demolished in 1972 after a vandal attack.”

Dancing through the night at the Queen's Rink in the 1940s.

Dancing through the night at the Queen's Rink in the 1940s.

Pools players - and a fan - with a 'Rink Ender' banner. The name was inspired by the nearby Rink.

Pools players - and a fan - with a 'Rink Ender' banner. The name was inspired by the nearby Rink.