“We lived down Attercliffe when I was growing up and I spent most Friday/Saturday nights and sometimes Sunday dinner times in the Attercliffe Radical Club or ‘The Rads’. What a great club with a brilliant atmosphere. Yes, all the regulars had their own seats (like most clubs) but there was never any trouble as I remember. Saw some great acts over the years as well, but being a kid back then, the main ones that stood out to me were The Disco’s. They were hilarious – even when you’d seen them time and time again! The club had some great characters as well :- Albert in the box (the chairman!), Cecil and Craig (drummer and organist) Stan and Doreen (Steward and his wife) plus obviously the regulars”.“The Chairman in the Trilby Hat… Yes I remember him. He was Famous with the acts that used to work there. We used to talk about him in the “Artists” around the country. I think he was refered to as “All Capone”…I can still hear him now “…Order Please ,Can we have order PLEASE?..PLEASE ?PLEASE? …CAN WE HAVE ORDER IN THE ROOOOOM…and he used to ring a bell or buzzer. Common stuff when a “crap act” was on…”“I can remember playing bingo in the Rads with my then father in law when I came home on leave you only got one ticket and you played all the games on it so you had to have markers or torn up bits of beer mat to cover the numbers if any body walked past and wafted the bits of paper off your bingo card you had to try to remember what numbers had gone nightmare!!! ” John“The old Radical Working Man’s Club or “Rads” as we called it, was the place to meet where every kid played outside – when the turns or bingo started – in their best clothes which often didn’t stay best for much longer”.
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