A Place Less Visited 2

By woolybill1
Redundant social club, Blaydon. In fact there are two adjacent, linked I think only by this arch.Uphill is a housing estate; I presume the overgrown slope was once an access path.

No more than twenty years ago the band I was in played a ceilidh in one of the two clubs; I don't remember which of the two it was: that scarcely matters, except that it was far from being swish or plush in any way. I don't even know whether the floor was carpeted, I rather think not: more of a soulless drinking den than a vibrant entertainment hub. At least it was not one of the establishments that barred women though when it first opened it probably did . . . . .

Tags: Architecture Black and white Urban landscape

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


KingBee Plus
13 532 2 Scotland
30 Apr 2019 7:54AM
I can relate to your description of the venue. Unfortunately, most of the ones I played in are still standing.

Thanks for the memories - have an award!


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30 Apr 2019 7:55AM
Buildings become derelict, people die, but real love is forever...
bliba Plus
13 2 Austria
30 Apr 2019 8:03AM
great light and capture ....thanks for sharing ,Bill
franken Plus
17 4.9k 4 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2019 8:09AM
Well composed and lovely light, Bill.
Techno Plus
11 4.1k 8 England
30 Apr 2019 9:23AM
The way we were......
saltireblue Plus
9 9.7k 36 Norway
30 Apr 2019 9:33AM
A male sanctuary away from the women-folk, apart from the monthly dance when you were allowed to bring the missus along.
Memories light the mind so clearly - a fine piece of work GrinGrinGrinGrin
30 Apr 2019 9:54AM
Another brilliant slice of urban gunge Bill - first class mono.
Minty805 Plus
3 26 5 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2019 10:19AM
Another great, moody shot, Bill. You bring back memories of dubious but priceless nights of our formative years. Allan
30 Apr 2019 10:24AM
A fabulous view point, Bill. Great light and shadows.

I can remember playing many social clubs 'up North.' I only remember one of them who bared women from the snooker room though. However, we were bared from more than one club.Wink

30 Apr 2019 11:17AM
A lovely location, beautifully photographed...
mac Plus
17 1 Scotland
30 Apr 2019 12:16PM
Great play on light and shadow plus a memory of the past when these clubs were vibrant and had a great social life. Now gone!
30 Apr 2019 12:39PM
Beautifuly captured! Like the details in the shaddow areas. Good work!

Arne Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 12 England
30 Apr 2019 2:30PM
Back in the 1970s in the band I played in, many of the clubs didn't have carpeted floors - if they did, they were posh! 😁 fine shot here BIll, the light coming through the arch makes a good lead-in through the scene 👍
Trev 😀
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
30 Apr 2019 3:04PM
An excellent peek thru image with lots to see!
Herge88 Plus
12 40 5 England
30 Apr 2019 5:35PM
Quite ethereal in some ways, like that you have chosen to look outward.

Best Matt
30 Apr 2019 6:07PM
From the thumb I saw this as tumbling water, clearly not in the large version.

JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2019 7:26PM
An interesting shot full of memories
30 Apr 2019 11:04PM
A scene that Philip Larkin might have made the subject of a poem. The path of light leading to the arch and the slope beyond is strangely affecting. And then there's that tree apparently growing out of the foundations of the building. A memorable image.
Compositionally Superb


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