Do you remember the decade when big hair, shoulder pads and a new style of nightlife began to flourish in Chesterfield?
The 1980s was an era defined by the miners’ strike, the royal visit of Charles and Di and Tony Benn becoming MP.
Nightclubs were synonymous with Chesterfield’s nightlife and revellers travelled from across Derbyshire to party in the town. Now north Derbyshire author Neil Anderson is collecting memories of the era for new book called ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Chesterfield’.
Neil is calling on residents to get in touch and share their memories and photos.
He said: “I’m very keen to get photos from places like the Aquarius, Moulin Rouge and other more mainstream clubs if people have anything.
“There’s very little photographic material remaining so I’m reliant on locals.”
The book is being published in conjunction with the Derbyshire Times later this year.
Neil who has already written a series of best selling books on Sheffield’s nightlife, added: “I lived in Chesterfield for the duration of the 1980s and 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 places to be coming of age. I still bear the scars!
“The books have done that well in Sheffield I thought I’d turn my hand to Chesterfield.”
Pictured here are a selection of nightlife images from the 80s, including a picture of Chesterfield punk outfit the Chaos Bros.
Photographs right include the former ABC cinema and Spires. An earlier photo shows The Painted Wagon, the scene of rucks and riot vans, which became the far calmer Spires later in the era.
Also right, second row, is Shepley’s Yard and surrounding area, a part of Beetwell Street which was occupied by a motley collection of traders that worked out of portable cabins.
It was renowned among the town’s youth as being home to ‘48’ - a ‘co-operative’ which was the drop in centre for punks, anarchists and other alternative types.
They occupied the site that faced the front of the police station on Beetwell Street - the multi-storey car park that serves the shopping precinct is on the site now.
Well-known landlord Harvey Hill at the Crown and Cushion prior to it becoming Joplins on Low Pavement is pictured. He was better known in the 1980s as landlord of the Anchor.
Below is the Adam and Eve nightclub on Lordsmill Street and Ziggys - one of the town’s first ‘fun’ pubs
Derbyshire Times Facebook friend Lorraine Pickering added: “Painted Wagon - it was that packed and difficult getting served at bar.”
Chris Marples Adi added: “ It was always the Adam and Eve on a Friday night. It was a meeting place for Thornhill’s workers. Saturday nights were usually spent in the Moulin Rouge or Aquarius.”
Julie Keen said: “Adam and Eve, Aquarius... those were the good old days.”
If you have any memories to share with Neil email email@example.com