01
Dec
08

Introduction

This Blog is dedicated to the Tottenham Royal and all its renames before and after, the staff , management , all the entertainers, bands and groups who trod the boards and the general public who made it all possible. Sadly the old Canadian rink as it was first known is no longer with us, a block of flats now occupy the ground on which it stood.

If you have anything to add or more accurate info please email micky1050@aol.com

For site navigation scroll right for quick links to this page, sites of interest and obituaries, click through to page 2 at the bottom of this page for THE TUDOR CLUB & THE FINAL YEARS

Early Days

Early Days

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22
Mar
09

Spurs At The Royal

Spurs celebrate at the royal

Spurs celebrate at the royal

22
Feb
09

View from Google Earth

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tottenham-royal

16
Jan
09

Promotional leaflets

Tommy Cooper & Vince Hill

Tommy Cooper & Vince Hill

 

Nolan Sisters

Nolan Sisters

celebration

celebration

Twentys promo poster

Twentys promo poster

Starsigns promotion

Starsigns promotion

 

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16
Jan
09

Backstage Behind the Scenes

Running a dance hall isn’t just a case of “open the doors and let em in”. So this part of the blog will let you in on a few of the things that had to be done well before and during opening time.

The Stage

Ever wondered what went on behind the stage curtains when the band miraculously changed into a group playing the same tune. Well it was all done by mirrors, no not really, the revolving stage was a common componant of many a Mecca and indeed Top Rank ballroom. The stage was usually big enough to turn round a small steam engine and probably weighed about the same, underneath was a mass of cogs , wire hawsers and wheels.  What powered this great beast ,was it electric was it steam no it was little me on a crank wheel about  15″ across, now you might say impossible but no, it was so finely balanced that a good shove on the wheel would get it going and you just kept turning till it spun right round. One thing you had to watch out for was all the cables that were fed in down the centre of the stage from above, so if you kept turning the same way too often they’d get knotted up, so on occasion the stage had to be ‘unwound’  several times to straiten out the cables. There was only a slight gap between the moving and non moving parts but guess were the mic leads, sheet music ,plectrums etc. ended up, yeah you guessed it under the stage, so it was on with the coalminers helmet and down to the depths to retrieve them. Oh such fun. More to come on this topic.

The Four Biggies

I am refering of course to Christmas eve, New Year , Valentines and Hallowean.    Always a full house and lots of prep before the event but well worth it. I remember one Hallowean ,starting weeks before, I constructed the bell tower of Notre Dam around some scaffolding and dressed the group side of the stage like a castle dungeon and organised some grizzly scenes to be played out during the disco breaks,that was at the time when we went from a band and group to band and disco so there was an empty stage to get up to all sorts of things on. I’ll add a scenery section to the pics once I can get them edited and cleaned up.Then there was the Christmas I put on a mime version of Cinderela, having roped in most of the band and some customers to play the parts, more later.

Promotions

We did a few, such as a balloon festival, 2am till 8pm next night blowing up balloons and threading them on cotton, tied up all over the place to all come down at the same time, that was some feat but it worked, kinda. Took about a minute to burst them all.

Twenties Holiday promo, turned the stage into a beach and had deck chairs and beach umbrellas in the seated areas, even put a tropical beach facade on the cocktail bar, got the DJ’s in their bathers that night.

Miss world old time music hall. One year we entertained some of the older audience from the miss world comp after the main event  was held in central London. This entailed rigging multiple shark strength fishing twine across the width of the dance floor and a system wereby a load of union flags would unfirl along the length of each, the hall was decked for ten to a table with meals and the tables were bedecked with flags and suchlike, everybody had a party hat and as the name suggests the entertainment was old time music hall. A good time was had by all.

Must admit though, some promos didn’t work so well. We put on a special night for some alcaholic beverage, could have been aligater beer or something like that, never heard of it before or since.

more to come.

16
Jan
09

Pics From Ernie Smith

Resident-band-Christy-Lee

Resident-band-Christy-Lee

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boxing-promoter-frank-warren

miss-world-annalene-kriel

miss-world-annalene-kriel

cindy-brakespeare-miss-world-1981-with-general-manager-ernie-smith

cindy-brakespeare-miss-world-1981-with-general-manager-ernie-smith

Brother-Lees

Brother-Lees

Vince Hill

Vince Hill

Dukes and Lee

Dukes and Lee

Harry-secombe

Harry-secombe

Frank-Carson

Frank-Carson

Nolan-Sisters

Nolan-Sisters

Tom O Connor

Tom O Connor

Tommy-Cooper-1982

Tommy-Cooper-1982

Roy-Castle

Roy-Castle

Jimmy-Hill pays a visit

Jimmy-Hill pays a visit

02
Jan
09

Band Pictures

Dave Clark FIVE

Dave Clark FIVE

 

christylee

Ronnie Keene Band

Ronnie Keene Band

group

Razamataz

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02
Jan
09

Timeline

1910 Opens as a Roller Skating rink.

1911 Refit to the Canadian Rink Cinema

1925   Refit to dance hall, Tottenham Palais, Jazz venue,

1925 Aug Archie Alexander and his band

1926 Jan, Gerald Jennings and his band

1926 Jan-May Ronnie Radimans Radio Revels

1926 June – Aug  Sid Carton and his band

1939  Bud Jacobs and the Doug Swallow Band

1954 The Kirchin Band

1956  Ronnie Keene Band.

1958 The Quarrymen (The Beatles) win talent contest.

1960 Tudor Club opens upstairs
c1960-1964  Jeff Rowena five
c1960-1964 Johnny Howard Band

1961 The Migil five

1964 Dave Clark Five  17/01/64 to 23/02/64)
1968 12th Jan The Who
1968 9th Feb Plastic Penny
1968 17th May Status Quo
1968 16th Aug Amen Corner
1968 23rd Aug Marmelade
1969 January. Amen Corner record new album.
1969 4th Apr Bonzo Dog Doodah Band
1969 4th July The Herd
1969 18th July Simon Dupree and The Big Sound
1970 Grand Metropolitan take over Mecca
1970-1975 Paul Stevens Reggae D.J. and Tony Baron Soul D.J.
1970/72  The New Seekers
1971  Resident DJ Tony Baron
1972 15th March  The Sweet
1973 25th Jan David Bowie rehearsals for upcoming U.S. tour
1975 -1977 Resident band Ken Mackintosh
1977-78 Resident band Christy Lee
1978 Resident group Razamataz
1978 Resident group Nova
1978 Resident Band Tommy Hawkins
1978 10th Feb Roy Castle
1978 8th March Neil Martin
1978 March29th Brothers Lee
1978  The Barron Knights
1978 Apr 26 Marion Montgomery
1978 may 17 Koffee and Kreme
1978 May 31st Joe Brown & the Bruvvers
1978 16th June Tommy Cooper
1978 14th July Vince Hill
1978 9th Nov Shwepps Russian Evening
1978 14th Nov. Miss World Gala Music Hall
1978-1979 Resident band Ross Mitchel, his band and singers
1979 Resident DJ Alan Anderson
1979 Levis for feet Disco Dance Championship
1979 !st March Miss England Heat.
1979 27th Apr. The Nolan Sisters
1979 6th Dec. Frank Carson
1979 19Dec Queen
1980/81 Resident DJ Alan Anderson
1981/82 Resident DJ Barry McCloud
1982/84 Resident DJ Iain Black
1983  Resident band-Tony Evans Band
1983 19Oct Elvis Costello and The Attractions
c1990 renamed The Zone
1995 renamed Club United Nations
1996 UK Dance Club Of The Year
1997 renamed The Temple
2004 Demolished
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