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Dirty Stop Outs of yesteryear invited to re-live their youth


Coventry’s partygoers of the 1970s and 1980s are being invited to celebrate the era dominated by venues like the Locarno Ballroom and the Lanch in a few week’s time.

Ruth Cherrington, author of the sell-out ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Coventry’ which came out just a few weeks ago, is hosting a free afternoon event at the former Coventry Evening Telegraph building in partnership with Clare Allington who runs the space.

Ruth will be signing copies her book that traces the development of the area’s music and nightlife from the early days of the legendary Locarno Ballroom - where rookie DJ and future music mogul Pete Waterman spun the discs at the matinee disco - to the rise of 2-Tone in the late 1970s.

Coventry-born Ruth Cherrington said: “It was a fantastic era to grow up in. The sheer volume and variety of venues totally dwarves the number of today – everything from thriving Working Men’s Clubs to legendary record shops like Jill Hanson’s. I’m thrilled Clare has invited me along to do the event in such an iconic building.”

The event is set to be reunion for the scores of members of her ever-expanding ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Coventry’ Facebook group. She is set to follow up the book with the ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Coventry’ and is on the look out for memories and pictures.

Ruth added: “This is also going to be a great get-together for Dirty Stop Outs, a chance for a bit of reunion and to relive tales of great nights, and days, out. You could even come dressed in 70s or 80s styles!”

The CET building lobby area will offer seating and be alive with sounds of the ‘70s and ‘80s. The Urban Café will be offering a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and cooked food such as jerk chicken, pizza and sandwiches.

There will be free tours of the CET building, which are not to be missed.

Details are:

April 7th, 1-5pm

Coventry Evening Telegraph Building, 157 Corporation Street, CV1 1GU (opposite the Belgrade Theatre.)

There is free parking round the back.


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  • The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Coventry’ retails for £13.95. 

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