Tuesday, 3 April 2012

C is For Clouds.





No, wrong clouds!





Clouds with the glitter ball and the ultraviolet lights.






Clouds was a dance hall in Glasgow and my most favourite place to be between the ages of fifteen and seventeen. It was unlicensed but you still had to be eighteen to be allowed in. My friends and I wore make up, worked out our dates of birth to make us eighteen and were never refused entry. We drank soft drinks all night, wore white chiffon scarfs around our necks which glowed in the ultra violet lights and had a great time. I found out later that my future husband frequented Clouds on the same nights, I may have even danced with him but we had to go all the way to a dance hall in Blackpool to finally meet. You can read about that here

Clouds was above the Apollo which was a venue for all the great bands of the seventies, Simple minds, Paul McCartney, Elton John all played there. Upstairs in Clouds I swooned to the sounds of Salvation who later became Slik and the famous Midge Ure was their lead singer.

What I didn't know until now was that the dance hall opened in 1927 above Greens Playhouse a cinema which brought the first talking pictures to Glasgow audiences. Clouds was a famous ballroom then and in the 40's Joe Loss played there as well as Ronnie Scott's Big Band. How glamorous it must have been then certainly more so than we were in the seventies shuffling around the floor to disc jockeys playing records or standing around watching Salvation play.

                                                                

38 comments:

  1. I'm so determined to get a glitter ball for somewhere in the house. Loved them. :)

    So funny that you went all the way to Blackpool to meet your hubby.

    Thanks for the memories. Must go and have a listen to Focus... ;)

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  2. Ha ha that would be fun.I've now put a link above to how I met my husband.

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  3. For a moment then I thought it was total sync because I love clouds (the fluffy kind) but then I realised it was the name of a club. I can remember a club in Leicester that we went to (can't remember its name) but we had to be 18 and weren't so we used to put our collars up!?! I'll never know why but at the time we thought it made us look older. We always got in so it must have worked or maybe they just wanted our money.

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    1. Yes I remember the style of putting your collar up. They used to let all the girls in but stopped lots of boys I don't know why.

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  4. Anne, loved it again. Aye rite, soft drinks! ;0)You Gelsga wild lass. :)

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    1. Cross my heart, they only sold soft drinks.Some girls had alcohol in their bags but I was too much of a goody two shoes to do that!

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  5. I haven't seen one of those glitter balls for years!

    And you can tell Ros, that club in Leicester she is referring to might be the 'Palace' pronounced and referred to as 'the pally' I think...

    Good post.

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    1. There was a Pally in Glasgow too although I never went there.I'll tell her.

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  6. Nice reflective blog, making special the everyday. w

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    1. Thanks Wendy, so nice of you to read it.Just small posts as we're doing them everyday in April.

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  7. Very cool. I would never have thought to do clouds, yet I watch them every day.

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    1. Thanks Rebecka. I've saw a few posts on clouds.

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  8. Then there's the clouds today that business people refer too. I haven't quite figured out how that works either. :P


    Elizabeth

    A to Z co-host

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    1. Oh I wouldn't like any more I've enough with twitter and facbook.Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. found you on the a to z, will be back to read more!!

    best,
    MOV

    http://mothersofbrothersblog.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh, wow, such a variety of clouds, I can't stop smiling! My daughter and I will be visiting Scotland for the first time in late Summer/early Fall. She will be doing her Junior Year Abroad in Edinborough. (I think that is how it is spelled?)

    I love your spirit. Everything sounds so luscious, like an ice cream cone overflowing with clouds!

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    1. Glad I made you smile.Your daughter will love Edinburgh it's a great place for young people.

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  11. Aww I'll need to ask my relatives about Clouds! :) I can just imagine the glamour of the 40s ballroom, and all the ladies & gents in their finery, being ever so polite to one another. Nowadays, people just "pre-load" before hitting the clubs and invade each other's personal space! Sigh... I was born in the wrong era!

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    1. Yes I would love to have glimpsed life in the forties.

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  12. What fun memories. This trip down memory lane for the A to Z challenge must be a blast.

    That's so crazy that you and your husband were two ships passing in the night when you were younger. Thank goodness you collided later. :-)

    Best of luck with the challenge, Jocelyn

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    1. I'm having so much fun. Yes we often talk about what nights we were there on and what band were playing.You often saw the same people week after week but I never saw him there.

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  13. So far, you are the only person I have seen do one a "C" on clouds. Very original and great writing!

    Keep it up!

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  14. Thanks for your kind comments.One of my friends had posted about clouds but the real ones.

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  15. Great use of the letter C for this blogfest. New follower here. I’m enjoying reading my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Sylvia I will give you a visit too.

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  16. Still loving you topic choices....can't wait for tomorrow!

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  17. What a fun place to go and an awesome memory to have. Love it!

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    1. Hi Lisa yes it was great fun,the first stage in growing up.

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  18. So sweet to think that you and your husband may have met long before you ever met!

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    1. Hi Stephanie, Yes I wonder if we did.

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  19. How cool to find out the history of a place you used to frequent. My hubby and I went to the same school, but it took us getting a job at the same place to actually meet.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

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    1. Hi Shannon,I would probably never have found out if I hadn't been doing this challenge. Thanks for reading.

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  20. Nice post on some rather different clouds! Popping over from the A-Z challenge

    This is me, Duncan D. Horne, visiting you from the A-Z challenge, wishing you all the best throughout April and beyond.

    Duncan In Kuantan

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  21. God remember Clouds so well!   We did have some great times there!  remember the wee tiny lifts God only knows what would have happened if there had every been a fire!   I remember one time us going out wering exactly the same dress but in different colours!   It had aeroplanes hanging from the ceiling and Tiger Tim was the DJ.    And how we all used to run to the front when Salvation came on - Just to try to be at the front to see Midge!   Aw those were the days!     Lou

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  22. Hi Louise, I could go on all night about Clouds. Yes I remember the lift don't remember the dress.  Tiger Tim in his Tiger suit lol and Midge I saw photos of his on the net with his long hair ,he's not really aged well has he?

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