January 01 – Carnival Dance
January 03 – Elgin Jazz Club New Year Revels. Dancing to The Jimmy Martin Band
January 06 – Aberdeen Students’ Charities Campaign “Rout 66” Music by The Facells
January 17 – SJPA presents Sounds Incorporated plus Sol Byron and The Senate
On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays Dancing as usual to The Jimmy Martin Band with Alyson Armstrong
Starting Tuesday February 01 – The Verandah Discotheque dancing to top pops featuring disc jockey Douglas Eames in the colourful atmosphere of the London disc-clubs
February 03 – The Mindbenders
February 10 – The Copycats
Elgin Courant Wednesday February 16, 1966: Every Tuesday – Top Of The Pops presented by disc dolly Miss Eithnie Alexander
February 24 – The Poets
March 10 – Aberdeen Students’ Charities’ Campaign “Run Riot ’66” featuring The Four Pennies
April 01 – The Students Charities Ball. Bar, breakfasts, three bands
Wednesdays – Over 25’s Night, Fridays – Late Nite, Saturdays – Palais Nite with Allysun Armstrong and the Jimmy Martin Band
April 21 – The Return of that “With-It” B.B.C. TV show Stramash satrring Sol Byron – The Three Bells – The Senate
June 16 – Another big show special with The Mindbenders and The Drovers
July 21 – The Moody Blues and The Copycats
Elgin Courant for Wednesday, July 27 announces that as of Friday 29th July, the big centre for the Friday Night Beat Scene is now Keith.
Whatever Albert Bonici’s reasons were for moving the Thursday headline acts from Elgin to Keith it was a sign of problems with the Two Red Shoes. The Ballerina Ballroom had opened in January and already it had taken over from his Elgin venue. Why this should have been the case is anyone’s guess, Nairn had a much smaller population than Elgin and Keith’s was smaller still.
It has been suggested that Elgin was in the grip of a serious gang problem and it was no longer safe for dancers to come from places like Forres despite buses being laid on. Any insight into this would be most helpful.
Elgin Courant August 03 carries the advert “Regular dancing every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday to the Jimmy Martin Band with Eithnie Alexander
August 04 – The Whingdinger Beat Show with The Overlanders and The Copycats
Elgin Courant August 10 carries the advert “Regular dancing every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday to the Jimmy Martin Band and vocalist Deirdre Cameron
October 06 – For the Jet Set and High Camp followers, it’s Teen-Beat starring The Flintlocks. The fabulous Australian group now touring Britain with their own “Down-Under” sound.
December 15 – The Rebel Sound plus The T-Set
December 29 – Krazy Karnival Knight. Admission for only 1d if it’s dated 1953. Two admitted for 1d if it’s dated 1950 and six admitted for 1d if it’s dated 1951. Free entry for curly-toothed creeps or Bald Bearded Dolls. Starring The Agents plus The Throb
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