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September 15, 2014

Manor Lounge

Blue plaque for legendary North West venue

posted by Mike Walton

The Manor Lounge Appreciation Society have been raising funds to have a blue plaque fitted to an empty building in the North West of England that was once a thriving music venue played by stars including Rod, The Small faces and The Who.

Former regular at the club Phil Pye told SMILER: "We wanted to recognise the legendary 1960s venue on Wellington Road South in Stockport town centre".

Stockport council said it would support the bid but would not put up the necessary £500 so the group, led by by Phil and another regular at the club Pam Howes, held a Manor Lounge revival night at the weekend to raise the cash.

Phil said: "We had a brilliant night and the cash is now raised"

Other acts that have appeared at the venue include Cat Stevens, Pink Floyd, Van Morrison and the Hollies. The latter’s former member Eric Haydock was special guest at the revival event.

Phil told us: “It was amazing. When you walked down the steps inside it had a real atmosphere, there’s no live music venue like it now, Both me and my wife saw Rod play the venue with The Steampacket when we were about fifteen, it is an important part of Stockport’s musical history so it deserves the blue plaque.

The Manor Lounge shut after four years in 1967 because it was too loud for neighbours and moved to a new venue. Rod played the venue with The Steampacket twice in September and November 1965

The building currently stands empty after Riley’s Snooker Club closed two years ago.

The Manor Lounge Appreciation Society has also produced these great T-shirts remembering both The Steampacket and The Small Faces if any SMILER members want to but one they are available in SMALL 34"; MED 38"; LARGE 44"; XL 46"; XXL 48"; XXXL 52". GOOD QUALITY, FRUIT OF THE LOOM, HEAVY COTTON. £12 EACH + £1.50 p&p. direct from M.L.A.S, c/o 104,London Road,Holmes Chapel,Stockport, Cheshire,CW4 7BD.
Cheques payable to M.L.A.S.

For more information on M.L.A.S. go to

Pictures thanks to M.L.A.S

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