CHESTERFIELD: Memories of nightlife in the 80s

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It was the era of big hair, big shoulders and outrageous fashion - but vibrant nightlife and a growing nightclub culture also defined the 80s.

In Chesterfield it was the decade of the miners’ strike, the royal visit of Charles and Di and Tony Benn becoming MP.

Dirty Stop Outs Guide 1980s

Dirty Stop Outs Guide 1980s

To mark the colourful era in the town’s history, local author Neil Anderson has joined forces with the Derbyshire Times to compile the Dirty Stop Outs’ Guide to 1980s Chesterfield.

The book portrays a warts and all view of 80s nightlife - and the vast opportunities on offer for revellers.

From nightclubs, bars, live music venues and a mile-long pub run in Brampton, despite thousands being on the dole there always seemed enough spare cash for a night out.

Memories shared in the book include tales of the notorious Painted Wagon.

Si Brown said of the pub: “It was wild at the best of times. After drinking in there I got quite good at ducking.”

Chesterfield, much to the excitement of many, was also the epicentre of mainstream charts in the 80s thanks to the Thompson Twins. The town was brimming with record shops including Connection and Hudsons. Woolworths, Boots and Littlewoods also boasted vinyl collections.

Carl Flint said there was no better time to be a teenager. He added: “I miss the bands, the pubs, the fanzines, the people.”

Other venues featured in the book, which includes photos, newspaper clippings and memories from residents, are the disco and cabaret club Aquarius and Adam and Eve on Lordsmill Street.

Neil, who lived in the town throughout the period, said: “I frequented everywhere from the Painted Wagon to the Adam and Eve to the Chesterfield School Discos. It’s fair to say there were few livelier placings to be coming of age. I still bear the scars!”

Books, priced at £12.95, can be purchased from the Derbyshire Times, Spire Walk. The first 20 copies will be signed by the author.

An 80s reunion is set to take place at the Winding Wheel on Saturday, September 14 to celebrate the book launch and raise funds for Ashgate Hospice.