January 02 – Elgin City Supporters’ Club The New Year’s Midnight Fling
Fridays dancing 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Saturdays dancing 8 – 11.30 p.m.
January 12 – Modern Dancing Enterprises presents Elgin heat in the North Of Scotland Jiving Championships for the W.D. & H.O. Wills “Capstans Cup”
January 25 – Post Office Engineers’ Annual Dance
February 08 – Moray and Nairn Badmington Association Annual Ball
February 28 – The Playhouse Cinema Staff Dance
March 31 – Finals of the jiving championships
Thursdays dancing 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. with the resident band
April 06 – Charlie Gall And His Jazzmen plus Alex. Sutherland Par Four with Pablo Martinez and Nita Cowley
April 20 – Finals of “Who Is The Beat Girl 1961?” competition
April 27 – Tubby Hayes Quartet. Tubby (seen above) in full blow.
Monday nights – Tombola Night with The Moray Rugby Club
May 04 – Robin Hall and Jimmy McGregor and The Galliards
May 25 – A.H.U. Spring dance
June 15 – Winners of the 1960 All Scotland Jazzband Championship – Andy Lothian And His East Coast Jazzmen, with Sheila on vocal
June 29 – Return visit of the Charlie Gall Jazz Band featuring the trombone of Cyril Preston
July 20 – The ex-Ken Colyer player Mac Duncan And His Jazzmen
July 27 – Robin Hall And Jimmie McGregor supported by The Alex. Sutherland Sextet
August 03 – The Dick Williams Jazzmen
August 10 – Bert Weedon and his guitar
August 17 – The Original Downtown Syncopators of “I’ve Got A Talking Picture Of You” fame
August 24 – The Kenny Ball Jazzmen
September 28 – Jean Lambe and The Mike Cotton Jazzmen
October 12 – Clinton Ford (above) with the Cyril Preston Jazzmen
October 19 – Shane Fenton and The Fentones with The Alex. Sutherland Sextet. Here’s Shane with, “I’m A Moody Guy” which entered the chart this week.
October 20 – Special 2-Band Friday Night Show – The rocking daddy Sonny Brummel And His Playboys joining The Alex Sutherland Sextet
October 26 – Scotland’s own showband The Johnny Douglas “New Beat” Combo with Lindsey Scott plus The Alex Sutherland Sextet
October 27 – The New City Jazzmen join The Alex Sutherland Sextet in a two-band show
October 31 – The Springfields, seen above with, “Wimoweh”.
November 02 – The Clyde Valley Stompers
November 09 – Gene Vincent with Sounds Incorporated plus The Alex Sutherland Sextet
November 16 – Erle Jacobson with The Erle Blue Stars
November 23 – King of the trumpet – Kenny Baker (above)
November 24 – New City Jazzmen
November 20 – The Elgin heats of the North of Scotland Jiving Championships plus the selection of “Miss Elgin” in the contest for “Miss Bristol” (N.E. of Scotland) 1961.
December 07 – The Brook Brothers. Here they are with “Double Trouble”
December 08 – Special 2-Band Show with The Apaches joining our resident group
December 09 – Saturday afternoon “Teen Dancing”. Music by the rocking beat of The Sabres
December 14 – The Chris Lamb Showmen
December 21 – The Bluegrass Boy, Johnny Duncan with The Alex Sutherland Sextet
December 24 – Jim Reddie And His Tuxedo Jazzmen
December 25 – Xmas Dance
December 26 – The Elgin Academy F.P.’s Annual Ball
December 28 – The Jim McHarg Jazzmen
December 30 – Teenage jiving competition
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This brought back many great memories of the Red Shoes. I was lucky to see many of the acts and had the pleasure of preparing breakfast for many of them where I worked at The Laichmoray Hotel as an apprentice chef.
I read about the recent closure and would like to add my support to the campaign to reopen this great old ballroom. Can anyone help with a contact to achieve this. If any of my old school pals read this, please get in touch. I know we may have lost a few but I’m sure there will be some left.
Good luck to you all