Take a trip back in time

Samantha Lee

Samantha Lee

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AN event to re-create the days of the Queens Rink dancehall is being organised for later this year.

‘Remember the Rink’ will be held at The Borough Hall in Hartlepool on Saturday, December 8 and will feature a live band from the era, as well as a DJ and 60s-themed quiz.

The event is being organised by Hartlepool PR and Events company Publicity Seekers which has put a call out to people who used to attend the former Clarence Road dancehall in the 1960s.

Organiser Samantha Lee said: “Having grown up with parents who attended the Rink, I know how fondly it is remembered.

“I have spoken to lots of people who have helped me get a true understanding of what the Rink used to be like and I have to say I just wish there was something around like that for us younger ones!

“I’ve heard about the famous clock and the lads circling the dancefloor to eye up the women and the buses that used to take everyone back to the Collieries afterwards.

“One of the most important things we need to create a great atmosphere is having fantastic music from the era and it doesn’t get much better than the 60s. Bands such as The Beatles, Herman’s Hermits and The Animals and all of the Motown acts are still great to hear 50 years later.

“We have booked a cracking band from Liverpool who come highly recommended and plan to pull out all of the stops to make it a night to remember.”

Tickets go on sale next month but Publicity Seekers is keen to hear from any couples who met at the Queens Rink between 1960 and 1968 or who have pictures from the venue. If you have memories of the Rink, contact Samantha Lee on slee@publicityseekers.co.uk or phone (01429) 874 555.