Provincial Info

As promised a few issues ago, here is another round of provincial info. We shall be printing more at regular intervals, just as fast as you send it.

BATH
Pub: The Regency (opposite Theatre Royal)
Club: Georges Club.

CHELTENHAM
New Twenty Club, 20 High Street, Telephone 25821.

PLYMOUTH
Pubs: The Lockyer, Derry’s Clock, Lockyer Street (Oak Lounge – Back Bar),
The Phoenix, off Union Street,
The Valletort.

NEWCASTLE
Pubs: Eldon Grill (Variety Bar) opposite Grey’s Monument, Grey Street.
Royal Turks Head (Red Rover Bar), Grey Street.
Grapes Vaults, Grey Street.
Royal Court Grill, Bigg Market (rough)
Chancellors Head, Bigg Market County Hotel (Nancy’s Bar), foot of Westgate Road.

SUNDERLAND
Club: Ro-Ko-Ko, The Promenade, Roker, Sunderland.

LANCASTER
Pub: Farmers Arms, King Street. “Landlord pro gay”.

SCARBOROUGH
Pub: The Giff Inn, Huntriss Row.
Hotel: The Granby, 1 Queen Street, reasonably priced private gay hotel.

LIVERPOOL
Pub: The Lisbon, Victoria Street
Club: New Bear’s Paw, off Lord Street, near British Home Stores.

CHESTER
The bar of the Blossom Hotel.

WINDSOR
Pubs: The Ship and the Three Tuns, both near the Guildhall.

BLACKPOOL
Lucy’s Bar, Talbot Square.

MORECOMBE
Mason’s Arms. Queen Street, Thursday through Sunday.

PRESTON
Pubs: Grove Hotel, Fylde Road.
Bull and Royal, Cockpit Bar. Men only.

BLACKBURN
Pub: Merchant’s Hotel, Darwen Street, by GPO. Drag shows.
Partly gay club: Top Hat Club.

NORWICH
Pub: Studio Four, Anglia Studios.

BEDFORD
Pub: The Barley Mow, Bromham Road.

MANCHESTER
Pub: Union Hotel, Princess Street, women, men and drag.
Rembrandt, Sackville Street, Trafford. Back Bar and mostly men.
Cavalcade, junction Wilmslow Road and Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Sunday lunch time.
New York, Richmond Street, behind Union Hotel. Women and men.
Mechanics, Sackville Street.
Clubs: Samanthas, back Piccadilly (off Newton Street). Ban on women and admittance restricted to members and guests only.
Picador, Bradshaw Street, Shude Hill.
Rockingham, Queen Street.

NOTTINGHAM
Pub: Roebuck, Mansfield Road. “Members only’’ Bar on the left – tell them you’re gay! – the landlady is too.
Club: Mario’s Restaurant, Stenford Street, off Castlegate.

LEEDS
Pubs: Great Northern and Hope and Anchor
Club: Charley’s Briggate. Members and guests. Free in the week, pricey at weekends.
Mostly men.

Provincial info

Here is our first round up of pubs, clubs and other goodies in the provinces. More towns will be listed as we receive the information from YOU the reader. We are indebted to Bob Mellors for supplying the information below.

Norwich

Gay pub: Studio 4, near Angelina Studios. Men and women.
GLF: Non-existent
Bookshop: Bristows
Forthcoming event: Disco party upstairs at the Studio 4, December 30.

Nottingham

Gay pub: Roebuck, Mansfield Road. ‘Members Only’ bar on left – tell them you’re gay (the landlady is too). Women and men.
GLF: Faded away
CHE: Yes
Women’s Centre: off Pelham Street.

Leeds

Gay pubs: Great Northern. Mostly men. Hope and Anchor, women and men.
Gay club: Charley’s, Briggate, members and guests. Free in the week, pricey at weekends, mostly men.
GLF: University orientated, mostly men.
CHE: Yes. Write to David Young, 12 Scott Green Crescent, Gildersome, Morley, Leeds. One of the better CHE groups. Men and women
Bookshop: 84 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds 2.

Manchester

Gay pubs: Union Hotel, Princess Street. Women, men and drag. Recommended. Rembrandt, Sackville Street, mostly men. Trafford, (back bar) at Gaumont Cinema, Oxford Street. Mostly men. Cavalcade, junction Wilmslow Road and Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury. Sunday lunchtime.
Clubs: Samantha’s, back Picadilly (off Newton Street), Their ban on women sparked off the recent demonstration there.
Picador, Shude Hill, Unit 2, Shude Hill. Expensive. Rockingham, Queen Street.
GLF: Tuesday 8pm at Women’s Centre, phone 061-273 2287. Men and women.
CHE: Yes. University Homophile Society, c/o Students Union, Oxford Road, Manchester 13. Meets Thursday 8pm, term time only.
Women’s Centre: 218 Upper Brook Street, Manchester 13. Phone 061-273 2287.
Cottages: Several, but BEWARE OF POLICE HARASSMENT AND ENTRAPMENT: USE OF AGENTS PROVOCATEURS.

Blackburn

Partly gay club: Merchants, Darwen Street.
Partly gay club: Top Hat Club.

Local Folk Are Just Not Shockable

02-197206XX 3Many thanks for your letter of 2nd June sorry for the delay in writing but one or two points that you have wanted have had to be obtained from other persons so it’s taken this bit of time to obtain it.

Let’s take it point by point – firstly, what’s it like to be gay in Norfolk. By comparisons with London no pressures exist – this I feel is the season for the exodus of gays from London to Norfolk. We’re having a lot of them lately, some just for the summer others coming permanently. It’s an interesting study to note how they change after a few weeks, more tranquil, less militant. The most surprising thing to them is if they want to shock for any reason at all it doesn’t have effect. Local folk are just not shockable – we’ve got good examples of this to quote.

Police harrasment – none recorded and none known of; this has been verified by cruisers and not heresay. The only possible connection is two uniformed ones who stand by one con in the centre of town but these are there for other reasons as well – not specific harrasment. This was covered some time ago when a blow-up occurred in Cambridge and it was suggested (probably to strengthen the Cambridge case) that it was happening in Norwich as well, but when it was checked with the people it would have affected none was reported.

Samaritan connections very good (well, we think so) one CHE member and one GLF member on the staff. Besides the Sams we have another advertised system called (for want of a better word) Gemini. Anyone can ring the number. Differences between CHE and GLF an explained meeting dates etc., the choice is then left to the person concerned.

VD clinics – nothing out of the ordinary reported from people who had used them. Doctors – only two who are reasonable which is poor considering the amount of registered GPs in the area.

Pubs and clubs – again only two, the club is the Jacquard, Magdalene Street, and the pub is Studio 4 behind Anglia Television. At the latter parties are held above the pub at intervals which attract about 150 approx. from an area covering Colchester Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have no local campaigns except connections with national ones – this is due to the fact that GLF and CHE have only just come into being in the last six months.

Well, that’s a little info. Hope I can visit you some day when I’m in town – if the office is not open all the time is there another contact I can make?

Yours
Tony
19 Braydeston Crescent
Brundall
NOR 86 Z