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Off topic - Wallington Public Hall

By Lee Farmie (legacy user)10/2/2015 17:20Tue Feb 10 17:20:49 2015

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Someone (Tim B.?) mentioned he other day that Wallington Public Hall is being sold off by Sutton Council and is likely thus to be demolished for "luxury apartments" aka micro-hovels. I've only ever been there for beer festivals and a party when I was a teenager in the early 80s. However it was previously a rock venue and the list of people who played there is truly amazing:

Gene Vincent played there three times in 1962.
1964 saw Herman's Hermits and the Zombies play there.
8 June 1965 saw the Who perform.
1971 saw Status Quo, Uriah Heap and Hawkwind
1972 had:
~ Argent (the venue presumably having made in impression on Zombies keyboard player Rod Argent);
~ Status Quo (again);
~ David Bowie (it was the seventh night of the Ziggy Stardust tour) and
~ the Electric Light Orchestra (their 13th ever gig).

Other acts purportedly to have played their include the Searchers, Freddie & the Dreamers, the Hollies and Screaming Jay Hawkins.

However the highlight of the venue's history came on 12 April 1978 with the visit of Gong. Have a cup of tea, have another one. Pot head Pixies, Fohat Digs Holes in Space. If only I had a time machine.

And they want to sell it for flats.






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