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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Look! The Broken Doll! The Globe!

(Report by Russell)
Currently on show at the Literary and Philosophical Society on Westgate Road in Newcastle is an ongoing exhibition of photographs from the West Newcastle Picture History Collection. The theme is ‘pubs and clubs’ to be found within a few square miles west of Newcastle city centre. Stretching west of St James’ Boulevard to Scotswood Bridge (within spitting distance of Blaydon Jazz Club!) and north to Stamfordham Road in Westerhope, black and white prints on show in the Lit & Phil’s ground floor exhibition space give an indication of west Newcastle’s once flourishing pub trade.

Most of the hostelries are long gone, all, no doubt, with a tale to tell. The Broken Doll stood as an old-style spit and sawdust boozer on Blenheim Street. Matthew Charlton beers were on the bar. A lick of paint would have ruined the place, a public house without redecoration since the year dot. A Saturday afternoon blues venue par excellence (the Blues Burglars were regulars, the joint packed to the rafters), ‘progress’ intervened. The Broken Doll was demolished to make way for St James’ Boulevard (never a more ludicrous name for a road in a northern ‘post’ industrial town), memories survive intact. Broken Doll t-shirts were de rigueur, today a collector’s item.
One photograph on show – taken in 2005 – describes one premises as the last pub on Scotswood Road. That pub is the Globe. Rescued and revived by the Newcastle Jazz Co-op, today the Globe is a thriving shareholder-owned jazz venue. Prints are available to purchase, call in to the Lit & Phil for details.
Russell         

3 comments :

Dave K said...

The beer was supplied by Mathew Brown. Great pub :)

Russell said...

Yes, Matthew Brown. Thanks for the correction. Who (hick!) is Matthew Charlton?

Bob said...

The Matthew Charlton Home Improvement, DIY, Plumbing and builders merchant has operated within Northumberland for 171 years.