What are your memories of Chesterfield in the 70s?

Part of Whittington Moor's Red Lion ladies darts team on a night out at Aquarius in the 1970s.

Part of Whittington Moor's Red Lion ladies darts team on a night out at Aquarius in the 1970s.

The era of flares, platforms and glam rock is set to be celebrated.

And the man behind the drive to revisit 1970s Chesterfield needs your help to make it happen.

Neil Anderson, author of recent Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Chesterfield is now putting the call out for readers to come forward with their memories and photos from the decade.

He said: “There’s no doubt the era was an exciting time to be growing up in Chesterfield.

“Fashions and music changed so much as glam took a hold in the early part of the era and then disco and punk became the mainstay of the charts towards the end.”

Few events were as big as the opening of Chesterfield’s Aquarius venue in the early 1970s which saw stars of international standing queuing up to entertain the crowds.

The Fusion - now part of the Winding Wheel - also became legendary for shows by the likes of the Cure and Specials before they went on to national stardom.

Neil has set up a Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Chesterfield Facebook group or email your memories and photographs to comment@derbyshiretimes.co.uk

Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Chestefield’ has become the biggest selling local book Waterstones has ever had in the town.

What do our Facebook friends think?

Tracy Hartshorn said: “I can remember my mum getting me a tartan scaf for the Bay City Rollers.”

Glenis Rumsby added: “Adam and Eve nightclub. Ha.”

Mark Wagner said: “I did start to party in the late 70s.”

Matthew Webb added: “It was full of roll up smoking, Chessy whippers with bad moustaches, streaked wedged hair cuts and skin tight bleached jeans who finished every sentence with ‘allreet mi duck’ who would fight anyone over nothing because ‘thee come from town duck”’and that was just the women.”

Chris Mallory said: “Every time I go into Mojos it seems to be re-enacting itself!”

Susan Overton added: “Bowling Alley, which became Adam and Eve, now Siam Village. Aquarius, two picture houses, always something to do and somewhere to go.”

Paul Superchef said: “Heathcote Green buses and going to queen’s park. Remember Holme Hall just being fields!”




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