Your views on Hartlepool’s best ever nightclub

The Gemini nightclub which was a real favourite in Hartlepool.
The Gemini nightclub which was a real favourite in Hartlepool.

Which was the best nightclub Hartlepool ever had?

The Gemini, according to some Hartlepool Mail readers who responded to our post on social media in their thousands.

Asters nightclub in Seaton Carew, pictured in 1983.

Asters nightclub in Seaton Carew, pictured in 1983.

In fact, more than 15,000 of you were reached and loads said ‘The Gem’.

Some of you remembered the Gemini in Villiers Street by an alternative name of ‘Claggy Mat’. Who can tell us why?

But first, let’s start with some of your comments such as Gary Peterson who said: “I remember the serving hatch upstairs were I used to get burger and chips.”

Nicola Hewitt called it her “favourite place ever”, while Richard Lees said: “1974 to 1976 I was a regular.”

Had some brill nites in their along with 42nd street. Them days have long gone now and we will never get them. Back shame.

Pamela Boagey

Alison Mary Gray commented: “Awe the Gem...loved it I used to go in every weekend without fail...Pianos then into the Gem...Many happy memories.”

Karl Smith said: “Top nite club bk in the day with 42nd street.”

Andrea Ricky said: “Loved the place and 42 xx”, while Leigh Dobson commented: “Great memories x.”

Margie Noble “Loved it.” while Pamela Boagey said: “Had some brill nites in their along with 42nd street. Them days have long gone now and we will never get them. Back shame.”

Lynn Robinson described the Gemini as “the best nightclub hartlepool ever had” while Janet Ainsley said: “The Gatsby x

Ste Currell told us: “Brilliant nights out in the gem .always felt more relaxed than 42nd street.”

Lorraine Wildberg said she worked there in the late 80’s and added: “Loved the place x.”

Another Gem fan was Julie Powell who remembered visits with a friend as well as going to Caspers.

Mark Dobson said: “Thursday night will never be the same” while Barbara Harrison commented: “I used to love it in there every Saturday night x.”

Sharon Smith added: “I’m sure I used to have lunch there with the girls from college.”

And David Wheelhouse recalled: “Didn’t go in that often but had my 18th party in there.”

Mark Barnard said the line-up was “Friday night Gem, Saturday night Asters.”

Perhaps the claggy mat reference was best explained by Sarah Robinson who said: “Dark and dingy and scutty carpets was a laugh.”

Mandy Dunn said: “Claggy mat”, Betty Brown referred to “The claggie mat club” and Joyce Worth Francis said: “We used to call it “the craggy mat.”

Graeme Scott told us: “I grew up and spent my youth inside the Gem......what a place.”

Senga Standing loved “Asters as well.”

Thanks to everyone who responded. To share your own views on Hartlepool’s best ever nightclub, email chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk