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The idea of this page is two fold. Firstly I've been asked what I've been doing since the Uncle Tom's days - so I've done a potted history of my professiuonal career. But firstly I am going to write a few lines about every event we hold. The idea of this is that it will keep anyone who missed an event in touch. So here goes.
 

FRIDAY 12TH DECEMBER  - BOOTHSTOWN LEGION
 
This is always the start of the Christmas run. Just before I start I must mention the way Boothstown was trimmed up.
I think that's the right name for it, in other words the fabulous Christmas decorations, congratulations to a wonderful job done as always by Jan. A massive thank you to everyone who turned out, it was noticeable that there were quite a lot of new faces. If you were a "Motown Virgin" I hope you enjoyed yourself, and come and see us again next year. You'll always get a good night at the Motown. A special mention for my friends from the scouts and guides who come to see us every Christmas. Evidently they were running some sort of betting ring as to the age of my man Colin. Suffice to say he's younger than me, but isn't everyone.
 
Only one birthday to report so happy birthday to Kayleigh who was out with all her friends to celebrate that special
night. It can't be a great deal of fun having a birthday at this time of the year. Between birthday and Christmas I can't imagine you get double presents. Of course you could be as old as me, and then you don't have birthdays, or at least try and hide them. As I always say if you are at a birthday when you come to the Motown make sure you let me know.
 
Our next Motown night here will be in the New Year on Friday 30th January by which time you will have had enough of getting over New Year, so get youself out to the Motown for a bop and get back in the swing.
 
Should you fancy a final Motown before Christmas you will catch me on Saturday 20th December at Lower Kersal Social Club. If you have never had the Kersal Expeirence give it a try.
 
Finally may I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you for your great support during 2014 and hope you will keep with me in 2015.  
 

 
FRIDAY 5TH DECEMBER - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Ok this was the last one before our Christmas extravaganza. We got a good turnout, that surprised me, normally the
Friday before Christmas is quiet, but not this year. Thanks to everyone who turned out wether you are a regular or
a Motown Virgin. Talking about Christmas one thing I can't stress enough, if you want to be certain of getting seats
you will need to be there early. Don't come wandering in at 8.30 thinking you will get a seat because I can promises you that you won't. If you are not worried about seats roll up any time you like. The other thing I should say in case you don't know all tickets are sold, If you've missed them sorry gang.
 
A couple of birthdays to report, firstly we had Chris, who was out with all the St.Anns girls celebrating a very special night. Chris comes to the Motown all the time. Happy birthday young lady see you again soon. Then we had Matt who was out with all his friends at the Motown, where else could you go for your birthday celebration. Goodness me they even bought him a cake. Happy birthday my man see you again soon. Don't forget to keep me posted if you are on a birthday do at the Motown.
 
The next night if you've got tickets is the Christmas Do, after that we will be on our once a month Motown next year.
As I've said previously the Motown at Walkden will be on the first Friday of every month. If you fancy Motown next week it is the Early Christmas Do at Boothstown. That will be a cracker. Also we have out Christmas Motown at Kersal on Saturday 20th December.
 
That's it folks, thanks for your great support during 2014, I hope you will stay with me next year.
 

FRIDAY 28TH NOVEMBER - LOWTON SOCIAL
 
It was good to be back with my Lowton Motowners. Thanks to everyone who turned out, it's good to see people
enjoying themselves so much. Lowton is sort of unique as I have my regulars and also an ever changing group of virgins (Motown Virgins) that is. Also good to see Colin out and about at the Motown, he seems to like Lowton. A small aside about Colin as always he was dressed quietly as he thrust his first coat off and entered the dance floor a certain lady was hollering and whistling, I think she thought he was a stripper, but no harm done. If you haven't got a clue what I am talking about Colin dresses rather individually, have a look at the photos and you will see what I mean.
 
Only one birthday to report, Sue was out with the girls celebrating her special night. Happy birthday my love make sure you come back and see us at the Motown again soon (you're not a virgin anymore). Don't forget if you have a birthday when you are at the Motown make sure you let me know and I will always give you a shoutout.
 
This was the last Motown of the year at Lowton, I am pleased to say that I will be back next year. In fact it will be
my first Motown night of the year after my Christmas break. So the date for your diary is Friday 16th January 2015.
Make sure you are with us and keep the Motown bubbling along.
 
That's it folks, thanks for your great support during 2014, I hope you will stay with me next year.
 

 
FRIDAY 21ST NOVEMBER - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Well having had a week off, I was ready to get back to it. Thank you to everyone who turned out which was quite
encouraging considering the usual pre Christmas lull. I'm pleased to say that all the Christmas tickets are now sold,
for what promises to be another cracking Christmas Motown. I trust you have got the message about next year at Walkden, if you missed it I would refer you to the 7th November blog. Basically it will be monthly from next year, on the first Friday in the month.
 
It must have been a first, we had a Walkden night and no birthdays, or if there were you managed to keep them quiet. 
 
A special thank you for the appreciation you showed for my Jimmy Ruffin tribute, for those of you who missed it you really need to get out of bed a bit earlier. As you probably by now know Jimmy Ruffin died last Monday. I had a special affinity with him as he appeared at Uncle Toms Cabin, and at the time was probably the biggest act we featured at Toms. He appeared on Friday 19th June 1970 when "I've passed this way before" was in the charts.
Can you believe that was 44 years ago. Needless be to say I started very young before you start doing the maths. Just to show how times have changed the admission charge on that night was 10 shillings, for my younger friends that's
50p. But what a night it was, great memories.
 
Our next night at Walkden is on Friday 5th December for our pre Christmas Motown. If you fancy Motown next Friday you will find us at Lowton Social, it's just down the East Lancs Road, and is well worth a visit.
 
Lastly to the young gentleman who suggested I should list on this blog every song I have played the night before all
I can say is "Behave Yourself"
 
As always thanks for your fabulous support during 2014, let's hope we can keep it going though 2015.
 

FRIDAY 7TH NOVEMBER - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Good to be back at Walkden after a three week break. Thanks to everyone who turned out . Good to see quite a
turnout from the young generation, makes me feel like the future is in good hands. Between Sid and some of the young ladies we had quite an age spread. I'm pleased to announce all the Christmas tickets have now sold.
 
Between myself and the club we have made the decision about next year at Walkden. We are going to revert to
holding the Motown monthly again. Unfortunately the number aren't sustainable to keep it going every two weeks, I can't moan as I got approximately eighteen months out of it, but as I've said before everything has to make money. So from next year Motown at Walkden will be on the FIRST FRIDAY of the month. The first night will be on Friday 6th February, as the first Friday in January is the 2nd which would be far too early.
 
Back to normal on the birthday front. Firstly we had the lovely Heather from behind the bar who wasn't exactly out with the girls, but was certainly happy pumping the beer, happy birthday sweet lady. Then we had a young man who was celebrating his 20th birthday. Happy birthday Ashley good to see that your grandmother has brought you up to appreciate good music. Happy birthday my man. And finally we had my favourite hairdresser, Walkdens top scissors, happy birthday to the lovely Michelle who has been with us for quite a few years, happy birthday my love.
 
Our next night at Walkden will be on Friday 21st November make sure you make it a date, the Friday after that we will be at Lowton Social  on the 28th November and then after that we start on the Christmas run in.
 
Lastly thanks for your fabulous support all the way through 2014 and lets hope we can keep it going through 2015.
 

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SATURDAY 25TH OCTOBER - LOWER KERSAL SOCIAL
 
It does me good to get back to Kersal what a crowd unbelievable. A massive thank you to everyone who turned out whether you were Kersal regulars or Motown Virgins. This place really is party central, I accept that maybe the music is a little different than normal but I do my best to keep everyone happy, and I would defy anyone to show me a crowd who enjoy themselves more. A special mention for the lady who told me I'd spelt Walkden wrong on one of my advertising boards. Thanks my love having worked there for eight years you would have thought I would have got the spelling right by now.
 
No birthdays to report, but to be honest it doesn't matter so much at Kersal as the whole place is one mass party. As I always say if you are having a party at the Motown let me know and I'll give you a shoutout. We did have one special celebration Elsie and Brian were celebrating 35 years of married life together, in this day and age that needs celebrating, nice one folks.
 
We seem to have got a new craze at Kersal, of people trying on whatever colour jacket I am wearing and having there photo taken. There are a few photos of mainly the girls on the photo page. Lets see if they do it next time if I've got the Father Christmas outfit on. I've got my doubts.
 
The next night at Kersal is the Christmas Motown on Saturday 20th December. Make sure you make it a date as it's sure to be a packer. It will be normal admission prices, but make sure you come early. Next Friday the Motown is with the Northern Link at Rivington Barn near Bolton.
  
Finally thanks for your fabulous support in 2014, lets hope we can keep it going in 2015
 

 
FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER - BOOTHSTOWN BRITISH LEGION
 
Good to be back at Boothstown it seems like a long time since we had been there. A big thank you to everyone
who turned out it didn't matter if you were Boothstown regulars or Motown Virgins. Yet again we seemed to have some old friends returning, good to have Ed and Mike back in the house. And absolute champions for old friends returning were Cath and Rowy who I haven't seen for years. Just a plug for the club Ken is having his annual Beer
Festival next month when they have two days with loads and loads of "Real Ale" definetely worth a visit if you are
into beer.
 
Only one birthday to report this time. So a very happy birthday to Mandy who was out with all the girls celebrating
her special day. Don't forget if you have a birthday at the Motown make sure you let me know.
 
Our next Motown at Boothstown will be our Early Christmas Motown on Friday 12th December. Make sure you make
it a date. You don't need tickets, just turn up and pay on the door as usual. Looking forward with the Motown tonight you find us at Kersal Social, and next Friday I am doing the Northern Link at Rivington Barm. Hope to see you at one of these nights.
 
Finally thanks for your fabulous support in 2014, lets hope we can keep it going in 2015
 

 
FRIDAY 17TH OCTOBER - WALKDEN LEGION
 
A good night at Walkden. A big thank you to everyone who turned out if you are regulars or Motown Virgins you were all very welcome. Nice to see a few old friends back in the house, so welcome back Tony, Wendy, and Peter Perfect.
You've been away too long.
 
Update on the Christmas tickets. We sold all those that we had to sell, but now I've had ten back from somebody who brought a load of them for a planned party. 
 
Only a couple of birthdays to report. Firstly we had the lovely Gladys who is one of my Motown regulars. Gladys was out with a massive party of friends to celebrate that special day. Happy birthday sweet lady. Then we had a very special birthday. Step forward Sid who is my oldest Motowner who everyone who comes to the Motown knows. How old he is doesn't matter, I just hope that firstly I get to Sid's age, and if I do I hope that I am as lively as Sidney. Happy birthday my man, let's hope you have many more.
 
A special reminder that it is a THREE week break this time, so our next Motown night at Walkden will be on Friday
7th November, Make sure you make it a date. If you fancy Motown next weekend it's a double header firstly on
Friday it's Boothstown Legion, and the on Saturday it's Kersal Social. The Friday after this I'm doing a Haloween
Motown for Northern Link at Rivington Barn.
 
Finally thanks for your fabulous support in 2014, lets hope we can keep it going in 2015
 

FRIDAY 10TH OCTOBER - LOWTON SOCIAL CLUB
 
Good to be back at Lowton for another smashing night. Thanks to everyone who turned up we seem to be getting
our own Lowton regulars which is good. It was also nice to see quite a few Motown virgins in the house trying the
Motown for the first time. Evidently we had a bit of local opposition up the road at the civic hall, but we will have
to try and make sure we don't clash in future.
 
Only two mentions on the birthday front. And they were both from the same family. Firstly we had the lovely Stephanie who was at the Motown celebrating her 21st with all her family and friends and then we had her sister
Stacey who was also on the birthday trip. Can I wish you both a very happy birthday and hope you will be back at the Motown again soon. Don't forget if you've got a birthday at the Motown let me know and I'll give you a shoutout.
 
I will be back at Lowton on Friday 28th November for my last visit of the year here make sure you join us. Before
that if you fancy Motown this Saturday night you will find me at Haigh Hall in Wigan for one of my Northern Link
nights. After that next Friday I will be at Walkden Legion.
 
Finally thanks for your fabulous support in 2014, lets hope we can keep it going in 2015
 

FRIDAY 3RD OCTOBER - WALKDEN LEGION
 
A good night at Walkden, thanks to everyone who turned out, we had returning friends, regulars and as always a few Motown Virgins. It is quite unbelievable that people keep finding us after all these years, and I still get people saying to me "I never knew that you did this"
 
You surprised me on the Christmas tickets as I would have bet money that the tickets we had left would have gone in no time. But the bottom line is I have got 16 tickets left, which will be on sale at the next Motown at Walkden which is in two weeks on Friday 17th October. Please dont ring, e mail or text me asking me to save tickets as that wouldn't be fair, whats left will go on a first come first served basis.
 
Very strange we didn't have any birthdays to report which is unusual. Unless we had a couple of "hiders" who were keeping the info to themselves. That gives me a chance to mention a couple who made extra special efforts to get to the Motown. First we had Gaz who'd motored from Berkshire evidently six hours away to make it to the Motown. Then we had Alan from Oldham who came direct from the airport having returned from his Benidorm bash. These are two of my longest standing Motowners, nice one guys.
 
As mentioned above we will be back at Walkden in two weeks on Friday 17th October, make sure you are with us. If you fancy Motown next weekend I am doing a double header. Firstly on Friday I will be at Lowton Social which is just down the East Lancs road, certainly worth a visit. Then on Saturday I am doing a Northern Link event at Haigh Hall in Wigan, that's a lovely place.
 
Finally thanks for your fabulous support in 2014, lets hope we can keep it going in 2015
 

FRIDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER - WALKDEN LEGION
 
A good night at Walkden you could tell the Christmas tickets were on sale. Thanks to everyone who turned out especially all the Motown Virgins, I hope you come back and see us again soon. Just a word about the Christmas tickets. I sold over half of them in one night, so if you want a ticket, whats left will be on sale in two weeks time at Walkden on Friday 3rd October. If you want tickets I would advise you to come early as I can't imagine they won't have sold out by 8.30pm. Just to remind you the Christmas Do is ticket only, you can't pay cash on the night.
 
We were overun with birthdays so a mention to the following, Margaret (showing the daughter she's not past it) Maria (out with the girls), Ken (still a pain in the bum), Gladys (still as lovely as ever), and finally Scott. A massive happy birthday to you all and thanks for choosing the Motown to celebrate your special night. Don't forget if you are at the Motown on a birthday make sure you let me know.
 
There is no Motown next weekend, so our next Motown will be on Friday 3rd October here at Walkden. Just a mention to two upcoming Northern Link "Mainly Motown" nights. Saturday 11th October at Haigh Hall Wigan, and
on Halloween Friday 31st October at Rivington Barn. Both of these would be worth a visit.
 
Finally thanks for your fabulous support through 2014.    
 

 
FRIDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER - LOWTON SOCIAL
 
A good night at Lowton, it's a pleasure to play to such an open minded musical crowd who really know how to enjoy themselves. Thanks to everyone who turned out especially all the Motown Virgins who were trying the Motown for the first time. Good to see Leigh's number one flower operator back in the house. And a special thank you to some
of my younger clients, it's good to see members of that generation who are really into Motown music. Maybe there is hope for the future that the music will live on.
 
A couple of celebrations to mention. Firstly we had the lovely Charlotte who was out with all her friends celebrating her birthday, and let's be honest where better to go to celebrate your birthday than the Motown. Happy birthday my love come back again soon. Then we had Wendy who was out with the girls celebrating her special night, happy birthday my love make sure you come back and see us again soon. And finally we had Sally and Brian who were celebrating the 16th wedding anniversary. That's a long time, nice one folks make sure you keep it Motownf for the next sixteen years.
 
I will be back at Lowton on the 10th October, only a short break this time, I'd love to see you then and we can do it all over again. If you fancy Motown next Friday you will find me at Walkden Legion, that's always worth a visit.
 
Finally thanks for your support in 2014.
 

 
FRIDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Another quiet one at Walkden, but as the song goes "Always look on the bright side of life". Strangely enough it ended up a good  night and a massive thank you to everyone who turned out. As mentioned last time I was at Walkden the "Christmas 
Tickets" will go on sale from our next night here in two weeks. If you want them I would advise you to get them as soon as
possible as last year they sold out in two nights. They will be sold on a first come first served basis, I can not save any tickets
for anyone, and once they are gone that will be it. The place only holds so many people.
 
There was only one birthday and I am not supposed to mention it as it was our Samantha's but what the hell. Happy birthday sweet lady time you let your hair down now and again. Don't forget to keep me informed on any birthdays that are in the house.
 
I will be back at Walkden in two weeks on Friday 19th September. If you fancy Motown before then tonight I am with my Northern  Link friends at Chorley Town Hall, if you are not sure where it is the postcode is on the Forthcoming Dates page. And next Friday you will catch me at Lowton Social just down the East Lancs Road, certainly worth a visit.
 
Thanks for your fabulous support.  
 

SATURDAY 30TH AUGUST - KERSAL SOCIAL CLUB
 
Not as good numbers wise as usual, I'm not sure where all my Kersal Motowners had gone to. Nevertheless it was
good to see some of my Kersal regulars in the house. There were also some Motown Virgins who were giving the Motown a try for the first time. Just a note about our musical policy although we are called a Motown night we do
also play all types of musical genres. My music is mainly Motown bur not 100% Motown as this would be almost impossible.
 
Only one birthday to report and that belonged to Wendy who was out at the Motown with all the girls celebrating
her special night. All the very best my love I hope to see you again soon. As I've said before if you have a birthday at the Motown make sure you let me know and I will always give you a mention.
 
Our next Motown Night is a one off FRIDAY NIGHT on Friday 26th September. We have switched to a Friday for this one occasion as the club have something special on the Saturday night. It will still be the usual Motown but on a Friday rather than a Saturday. Next Friday you will catch us at Walkden Legion always worth a visit.
 
Thanks for your fabulous support.
 

 
FRIDAY 29TH AUGUST - BOOTHSTOWN LEGION
 
A really good night at Boothstown, it was good to be back there it seemed like a while since we had been st Boothstown. It was nice to see some faces we haven't seen for a while, and also there were loads of "Motown Virgins" which is always great that we are still attracting new faces after all these years. A special mention for my friends from The Link who came down doing a bit of the French Jiving.
 
A few birthdays to report. Firstly we had our own in house council representative Mary who is always at the Motown. Happy birthday sweet lady remember keep it Ukip. Then we had another of my regulars, Susan from St. Anns. Sue is unique she has
the loudest "dirty laugh" you have ever heard. Happy birthday my love and hope to see you again soon. And finally on the
birthday front we had Cathy who was at the Motown with loads of her friends celebrating that special night. Happy birthday my
love, come and see us again soon.
 
I will be back at Boothstown on Friday 24th October, make sure that you are with us for another great night. If you fancy more
Motown tonight you will catch us at Lower Kersal Social thats always an expereince. Next Friday I am at Walkden Legion
for one of my regular visits, you'd be welcome.
 
Thanks for your great support all year long.
 

FRIDAY 22ND AUGUST - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Good to be back at Walkden after our four week break. To Suzanne and anybody else who turned up two weeks ago I apologise that we wern't on but I had been announcing it for weeks. Thanks to everyone who turned out, it was
good to see plenty of regular faces back in the place. Just a reminder we are creeping towards Christmas and shortly
we will be starting to sell the Christmas tickets. I will post on here when they are on sale, if you want them I should get in early, as they sold out last year in two weeks.
 
Two big ones to report on the birthday front, firstly we had our "Legal Eagle" Patricia who clocked up another year
this week. Pat was out with the girls celebrating with large amounts of gin. Happy birthday my love, see you again
soon. Then we had Wendy who was at the Motown with a mixed party to celebrate her birthday. Happy birthday sweet lady, hope to see you again soon. Don't forget to let me know when you have a birthday.
 
I will be back at Walkden in two weeks on Friday 5th September, make sure that your face is in the place. If you fancy Motown next week we are on a double header. Firstly Friday we are at Boothstown British Legion, always a
good one, and then on Saturday you will catch us at Kersal Social, that's an experience.
 
As I always say thanks for your support this year.
 

 
FRIDAY 1ST AUGUST - LOWTON SOCIAL CLUB

A great night at Lowton, this place is really beginning to show signs and hopefully will keep going in the right direction. A special thank you to Mark and the gang from the club, who have been doing the leaflets door to door. It looks like they are working, maybe I should try this elsewhere. Thanks to everyone who attended if you are a Lowton
regular welcome back, and if you were one of those famous "Motown Virgins" welcome, where have you been for the last few months. To the posh crowd in the VIP suite welcome along, and to the very polite gentleman who wrote his requests down I'm impressed. I usually get " I'd like you to play a record but I don't know what it is called" see you thought I just played music, in my job it helps if you are a mind reader. 
A couple of big ones on the birthday front. Firstly we had my number one regular Julie who was out at the Motown celebrating her 50th with all the friends and family. What a great turnout for you my love, I reckon they only turned out for the "sausage rolls". Happy birthday my love see you again soon. Then doing the 21st we had the lovely Emma who also had a massive party of all the friends. Happy birthday my love, make sure you come back to the Motown again soon. As I'm always saying if you've got a birthday coming up where better to celebrate it than at the Motown. 
I'll be back at Lowton in six weeks on Friday 12th September, I hope to see you again then. While you support me we will be keeping it going at Lowton. I'm having a week off next week, but will be back with "Mainly Motown" for the Northern Link on Saturday 16th August at the Georgian House Hotel at Blackrod. Love to see you there.
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

SATURDAY 26TH JULY - LOWER KERSAL SOCIAL
 
Another smashing night at "Party Central" these people really know how to have a good night. The tambourines really rule at Kersal. The plan of action here seems to be, arrive, get a drink or six, and grab a tambourine. I can't tell you how it looks loads of people sat in there chairs getting the necter down all grasping there tambourines. Then as
the amber necter begins to work they all start banging the tambourines, still I might add sat in there seats. Me thinks maybe I need to order extra supplies of tambourines for Kersal. A massive thank you to all my Kersal regulars who always support me and it was nice to see plenty of "Motown Virgins" who were having there first experience of the Motown. Make sure you come back again soon, you will always get a good night at the Motown.
 
A couple of birthdays to give a shoutout for. Firstly we had Garry who was out celebrating his special night with all his family and friends. Happy birthday my man hope to see you again. Then we had the lovely Kayleigh who was at the Motown with all the girls having that special birthday night. All the best my love I know you will be back at the Motown soon. At this point just a mention for my Michael Jackson man who is becoming a bit of an attraction here at Kersal, he doesn't look anything like him but can certainly do all the moves. Keep it going my boy its characters like you that are in short supply these days.
 
I will be back at Kersal in five weeks on Saturday 30th August, make sure you make it a date, and we can keep Kersal as strong as ever. Keep your eyes on the posters on Littleton Road, or nearer the time the trailer will be out and about all over Salford. Should you fancy Motown before that, next Friday you will catch us at Lowton Social club, that's always worth a visit. Or you can also have a look at our Forthcoming Dates page which will tell you where I am and when.  
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

 
FRIDAY 25TH JULY - WALKDEN LEGION
 
My my it was hot and sticky, thanks to everyone who turned out when really you should have been sat in the garden
taking the rays. A fairly good turnout, hopefully we have got over the quiet ones for a while. Good to see Alan from
Oldham back in the house after his hospital stay. Al was definetely moving a bit gingerly, there was no French Jive on this night. We had one of our international nights as the Motown had visitors from both Australia and the United States. So here we go representing Aus. we had Wayne and Alison, and representing California USA we had the lovely Delis representing Walkden were the rest of you. Don't know why but I kept calling Delis Dennis, sorry my love.
 
A couple of birthdays to report firstly we had Geoff who is always at the Motown with Mrs Geoff and the gang. Happy birthday my boy make sure you keep it Motown. Then we had Mandy who was out at the Motown with the girls celebrating that special night. Happy birthday my love, come back and see us again soon girls. Make sure you let me know if you've got a birthday at the Motown.
 
Right special notice, THE NEXT MOTOWN AT WALKDEN IS IN FOUR WEEKS, not the usual two weeks. Unfortunately the club has got something on in two weeks so the Motown will be back on FRIDAY 22ND AUGUST. I hope to see you then. If you fancy Motown tonight you will catch us at Lower Kersal Social, if you've never been it's quite an experience. Other than that next Friday 1st August you will find us at Lowton Social. It's just down the East Lancs road, and is worth a visit.
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

 
FRIDAY 11TH JULY - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Well another quiet one at Walkden. I'm beginning to wonder if maybe the Motown has run its course at Walkden
and that it's time to move on. As I've always said all my nights must make it pay, I'm past needing the practice. A massive thank you to all my regulars who turned up, I don't know what I would do without you. I also noticed that we had a few Motown Virgins in the house, hope to see you again soon gang.
Only one birthday to report, but what a special one it was. A happy birthday to Paula who was at the Motown with
all the gang getting even more drunk than usual, it was good to see. I'm not sure what the present was but you've
never seen a bigger box. Happy birthday my love see you again soon.
I will be back at Walkden in two weeks on Friday 25th July, I hope to see you then. Just a note the one after the 25th
will be a four week break as the club had a previous booking. If you fancy something a little different next Saturday the 19th July I am doing a Northern Link night at the Longfield Suite Prestwich, it's a cracking venue and well worth a visit.  
 

 
FRIDAY 4TH JULY - BOOTHSTOWN LEGION
 
Well American Independance day (4th July), thankfully I think that is the last Friday when we will be affected by the
football. I like football but why does it always have to be on a Friday when the Motown's on. So considering everything it wasn't a bad turnout at all. A big thank you to everyone who turned out, there no doubt about it that
Boothstown over the years has developed its own crowd. That's good to see, may it keep growing as we go on.
 
Only one birthday that I heard of, so happy birthday to Mary who was out with the girls celebrating that special night.
As I've said before if you've got a birthday at the Motown, make sure you let me know, I won't show you up, but will always give you a shoutout and a mention on the web site.
 
Not a lot else to report, so I will be back at Boothstown on Friday 29th August, make sure you make it a date. If you fancy Motown next Friday you will find us at Walkden Legion, that's always good.
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

     
FRIDAY 27TH JUNE - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Back to normal at Walkden, you can tell when there is no football match on. A massive thank you to everyone who
turned out to make it another special Walkden night. Yet again we seemed to have loads of absent friends returning
to the Motown. Welcome back gang, don't leave it so long next time. A special welcome back to " The northern soul
dancing world champion" although to me he's still known as Detroit Dave. It was nice to see Gill visiting us on one of her bi annual visits from southern England. She'll no doubt be lying down with a cold compress on her head for a few days now. I think she sees us all as a team of nutters but what the hell.
 
Back to normal on the birthday front we had quite a few. Firstly we had Margaret who is a regular Motowner, so where else could she go to celebrate the birthday. Her and the girls turned out as ever but got even more drunk than usual. Happy days gang. Then we had Leena who was out with the girls for that special night, happy birthday my love make sure you come back and see us again soon. Finally on the birthday front we had John, who was out with a massive party doing the birthday job. All the best my man see you again soon. Finally on the celebration front we had Irene who has got engaged, congrats sweetness he's a lucky man.
 
We will be back at Walkden in two weeks on Friday 11th July, I hope to see you all again then. If you fancy Motown
next Friday you will catch us at Boothstown Legion, if you've been there before that's the venue for dancers. It's a massive floor. Hope to see you then.
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

 
FRIDAY 20TH JUNE - LOWTON SOCIAL CLUB
 
Maybe were beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel with this football. A good night at Lowton, when it was especially nice to see some of my old regulars back in the house. It seems to me that Lowton is getting its own crowd which is great to see. Anyhow a massive thank you to everyone who turned out regardless of if you had been to the Motown before or you were a Motown Virgin. Either way I hope to see you again soon. It must have been a half all right night as Eddy saw it through to the end and didn't moan ( only joking Ed good to have you back).
 
Still thin on the birthdays. The only one that I heard of was the lovely Jane who was at the Motown celebrating her 52nd birthday. Happy birthday my love and it's good to have you back at the Motown. I had a couple who reckoned that they had a birthday 2 weeks on Tuesday or whatever, sorry folks that doesn't count.
 
I will be back at Lowton on Friday 1st August I hope you will be with us, as I'm trying my best to keep Lowton going.
Next Friday if you fancy a visit to the Motown you will catch us at Walkden Legion, you all know what you get at Walkden.
 

 
FRIDAY 13TH JUNE - WALKDEN LEGION
 
I know it was Friday 13th but that was awful. I'm not sure if it was the football or the local competition but this must go down as the quietest night we've had at Walkden for a while. Strangely enough it ended up a cracking night with a fabulous atmosphere. A massive thank you to everyone who turned out, I think on the whole it was regulars, but maybe there were a few Motown Virgins in the house. Whoever you were I hope we see you again soon.
 
This was also a first, I don't think there were any birthdays. As I've said before if you have a birthday at the Motown, do let me know as I'll always give you a shoutout and a mention on the website.
 
I will be back at Walkden in two weeks on Friday 27th June, I would love to see you then. Hopefully the numbers will be better then as I would hate to see Walkden going down the pan. Next Friday I am at Lowton Social, it's just down the East Lancs road, and worth a visit if you've not been.  
 

 
SATURDAY 31ST MAY - KERSAL SOCIAL
 
Another great night at Kersal. My Kersal people really know how to enjoy themselves, it's great to see. Thanks to everyone who turned out, especially all the Motown Virgins who were at the Motown for the first time. Make sure you come back and see us again soon gang. A special mention to one of lifes characters, if you look at the photos, the first one is of a guy in my yellow jacket, unknown to me he had an artificial leg which he insisted on taking off for the picture. I didn't realise, you could have knocked me over with a feather. Soon after this picture he decided to go home, so got on his bike and pedalled off. What a man unbelievable. 
 
Thin again on the birthday front, as far as I know we only had one. So a massive happy birthday to Shirley, who was out with all the gang to celebrate that special night. Happy birthday my love hope to see you again soon. As I always say if you've got a birthday let me know and I'll always give you a shoutout.
 
Our next Motown night at Kersal is on Saturday 26th July, make sure you are with us then and we can keep the Kersal Experience going. Before that we are all over the place so if you fancy Motown have a look at our Forthcoming Dates page.
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
  

 
FRIDAY 30TH MAY - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Unusually a quiet one at Walkden. I'm not sure if it was the football or what, with three weeks of the World Cup coming up, it
is a bit worrying to say the least. Nevertheless a big thank you to everyone who turned out, we had a few ex regulars who popped in to see us. Especially young Detroit who came back to have a look at the Motown where it all began for him. We also had a few Motown Virgins in the house, make sure you come back and see us again soon folks.
 
As seems to be the way these days birthdays were thin on the ground. We only had one which was the lovely Linda who was out with all the girls to celebrate that special night. Happy birthday my love make sure you come back and see us again soon. As I've said before if you've got a birthday coming up there is no better place to celebrate it than the Motown. You know you will always get a good night with us.
 
Our next Motown night at Walkden is in two weeks on Friday 13th June, make sure you make it a date. If you fancy Motown tomorrow night you will catch us at Lower Kersal Social for the Kersal Expierence. If you've never been to Kersal you should try and make the effort one day it's something else.
   
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
  

 
FRIDAY 23RD MAY - BOOTHSTOWN LEGION
 
Another good night at Boothstown. A massive thank you to everyone who attended, especially the people who travelled in from far and wide. Believe me they were there from all over, we had a chap from Brighton, but probably the prize went to the gent from
Bermuda, who happily told me that he hadn't seen me for 42 years, you've guessed it another person from Uncle Toms Cabin who
had spead all over the globe. We were overun with Motown Virgins mainly due to the Buille Hill High Reunion, if you don't know
that is someone who has never been to the Motown before. Whoever you were I hope you will come and see us again soon, as
you will always get a good night at the Motown.
 
Yet again there was only one birthday to report. Annie was out with all the girls celebrating that special night, I hope you will come back and see us again soon girls. The main party was the Buille Hill High "class of 78" reunion. All Kennys classmates
turned out and hopefully had a smashing night. Maybe you should do it again soon gang.
 
Our next Motown night here is on American Independance Day, that's Friday 4th July. Make sure you join us for a bit of Yankee
Motown. If you fancy Motown next week you will catch us on Friday at Walkden Legion, and on Saturday at Lower Kersal
Social. You would be very welcome at either of these venues.
  
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
  

FRIDAY 16TH MAY - WALKDEN LEGION
 
You may have noticed that I have been playing a bit more 70's & 80's funk like Earth Wind & Fire , Kool & The Gang
etc. It has surprised me how popular this seems to be, but as you know I try to play a pretty broad spread of music, and I will keep doing this, but I would like to stress at the end of the day we are a Motown night. We are not a Soul night or a Northern Soul night. I am always interested in any opinions you may have about the music.
 
Thanks to everyone who turned out, it seemed a bit thin for Walkden, but maybe we are starting into the holiday season already. I think we had a few over aged Motown Virgins with us, but hey a virgin is a virgin who can be choosy. A very special welcome back to Colin (him of the coloured suits and hat) good to have you back in the house my man. The only other thing worthy of mention, I won't mention any names, but who was it who asked me if I was putting any talc down, while actually standing in a pile of talc. It's our secret sweet one.
 
Only one birthday to report, these birthdays seem to be getting thiner and thiner, I know we are all getting older, but I think maybe people are holding out on me. Anyhow a massive Happy Birthday to Sylvia, me and Syl go back about 45 years, we've both done more Uncle Tom's Reunions than we care to remember. Here's to many more my love.
 
I will be back at Walkden in two weeks on Friday 30th May, make sure you are. If you fancy Motown next Friday you will find us at Boothstown Legion, the venue for the dancers. An early warning reminder Friday 8th August at Walkden has been cancelled, the famous double booking, sorry gang . That will be the one time of the year when we will be having a months break.
 
Finally a Three Line Whip to anyone who lives in the Claremount ward in Salford. In this weeks council elections make sure you vote for Mary the UKIP candidate, she's a Motowner. Ask the Conservative and Labour candidates if they are Motowner's (they are probably into heavy rock) . So get out and support Mary UKIP.
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
  
 
  
 
FRIDAY 9TH MAY - LOWTON SOCIAL CLUB
 
Well Lowton is hanging on by its finger tips. Thanks to everyone who turned out, what a smashing crowd, we just
need a few more of you. A special thank you to all the travelling Motown people, who had dropped in from all over Lancashire. As you may have noticed I was running with a cold hence not as much vocals as usual. In fact we achieved some sort of record, one and a half boxes of Man Size tissues in one night takes some doing. A final thank you to Mark my leaflet man, who got our leaflets through letter boxes all over the place.
 
A couple of birthdays to report, firstly we had Charlotte, who came to the Motown to celebrate that special night with all the girls. And did they celebrate, probably a few sore heads this morning, nevertheless a very happy birthday my love come back and see us again soon. Then we had Mary, who also decided to do the Motown with all her gang for her birthday night. Happy birthday Mary hope to see you again soon. As I've said before if you have a birthday at the Motown if you let me know I will always give you a mention and put it on the web site.
 
I will be back at Lowton on Friday 20th June, make sure that you are. If we are going to keep Lowton going we need numbers, it's a smashing club, but like all others its got to pay. Next Friday I will be at Walkden Legion and the Friday after at Boothstown Legion, both just down the East Lancs road, and both worth a visit.
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
  

 
FRIDAY 2ND MAY - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Another bank holiday weekend and still you turned out in your droves. A big thank you to everyone who turned out,
this week it seemed to be more regulars, we were a touch short of virgins (the story of my life). The main news was
that Ken the "Sage of Swinton" had been to the hairdressers and joined the "Gel Set", ladies beware he is on a roll.
Also a special mention to the "George from Asda Girls", in my younger days it used to be really fashionable for two
girls to wear identical gear.
 
Very quiet on the birthday front as far as I know we only had Melanie's birthday. Mel was out with all the girls to celebrate that special night. As I've said before if you have a birthday at the Motown if you let me know I will always
give you a mention and put it on the web site.
 
I made a bit of a change from the normal by doing a short spot of "60's Soul" not to be confused with Northern Soul.
It surprised me how well it went down, and thanks to the people who said how much they enjoyed it. So I will perhaps try to expand it a little, as there is loads of really good music from that era. Keep you ears peeled gang.
 
I will be back at Walkden on Friday 19th May doing it all over again. Before that this Sunday it's another "Bank Holiday Special" at Rivington Barn, if you've never been it really is a lovely place. Then next Friday I'm at Lowton
Social, bringing the Motown to the Leigh area, hope to see you there.   
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
  

 
FRIDAY 18TH APRIL - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Well that was a GOOD Friday. I wasn't sure what it would be like with it being a bank holiday and everything, but
I should have known my Motown people never let me down. As always a massive thank you to everyone who turned
out, especially all the Motown Virgins. We seem to be getting loads of young ladies who have never been to the
Motown before, which is great to see. A special welcome back to Maidenhead & Co, and also the lovely Irene who
have both been missing for a while. Lastly on the returnees we had the deadly brothers Peter and Dennis who were
seen sliding round the floor.
 
Only two birthdays which is unusual. Firstly we had a mega one of the Dancemaster. Happy birthday to Wayne who
as always was at the Motown with all the gang. Happy birthday my man see you next time. Then we had Carol who
chose the Motown to come and celebrate her special night with all the girls. These girls really knew how to enjoy
themselves. Happy birthday my love make sure you come back and see us again soon.
 
We will be back at Walkden in two weeks on Friday 2nd May, make sure that you are. If you fancy something different I am doing one of my Northern Link Bank Holiday Sunday Motowns at Rivington Barn this Sunday, if you
haven't been to one of these you really should give it a try.
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
  

 
FRIDAY 4TH APRIL - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Another cracking Motown at Walkden. A massive thanks to everyone who attended, and as always a special thanks to all the "Motown Virgins". We seem to be getting lots of younger "Virgins" these days, which is great to see as hopefully Motown will be popular long after I have gone. And a last thanks to everyone for buying all the raffle tickets for Sylvia's "Dementia Research" raffle.Ruth won the Juan Mata signed Man Utd shirt, not sure she knew who he is, but hopefully she will have a Man Utd fan in her family. Sylvia raised £126.98 for the charity .Just a mention that raffle was a one off, I don't usually allow those sort of things cause I believe you come to the Motown for a drink and a dance not to be pestered to buy raffle tickets.
 
A few birthdays to report, firstly we had Martin one of my regulars who is always at the Motown so where else could he go for the birthday. He had a massive party of mainly ladies helping him celebrate the special night. Then we had a double birthday celebration for Wendy and Karen. They decided to do a 2 for 1 and all the girls turned out to help them celebrate the special night. Finally something a little different we had Steve and Gladys who were out celebrating there 41st wedding anniversary. They both look fabulous on it, so for all the people who say marriage doesn't work, here's the proof it does. Nice one you two.
 
I will be back at Walkden on Friday 18th April so make sure you join us. Also don't forget on Sunday 20th April we have the first of our Bank Holiday Motown's at Rivington Barn. Hopefully that will be a packer. 
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

 
SATURDAY 29TH MARCH - NORTHERN LINK @ HAIGH HALL
 
A shorter blog than usual. Thank to everyone from Northern Link for another smashing night this time at Haigh Hall
in Wigan. What a lovely venue, maybe the Motown is getting style after all these years. Thanks to everyone who turned out, there were loads of Motown Virgins, it was lovely to meet you all.
 
The next Link evening I am doing is the first of the "Bank Holiday Specials" at Rivington Barn which is on Sunday
20th April (Easter Sunday). These Sundays are great as there is no work the day after, make sure you make it a date.
If you want my normal Motown nights you will catch me next Friday at Walkden Legion
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

 
FRIDAY 28TH MARCH - LOWTON  SOCIAL CLUB
 
So the big question is where have all my Lowton Motowners gone? Hopefully this was just a blip and we will be back to normal
next time. A massive thank you to everyone who turned out, and a special welcome to all the Motown Virgins who
were trying it for the first time. Come back and see us again soon gang, you'll always get a good night at the Motown.
Having said all that what a cracking atmosphere, it's good to see people enjoying the music of the era. Hopefully you'll drag all your mates with you next time.
 
Only two birthdays to report. Firstly we had the lovely Yvonne who was celebrating her 50th with the love of her life, happy birthday my love, come back and see us again soon. Then we had Sue who was out with the girls celebrating that special night. These girls really know how to enjoy themselves, come back and see us soon girls. As I've said before if you've got a birthday at the Motown, make sure that you let me know, as I will always give you a shoutout and a mention on the web site.
 
We will be back at Lowton on Friday 9th May, I hope to see you then and that we can keep the Motown going at
Lowton. While you support me I will be there, if you don't I'll be off. If you fancy a bit of posh Motown tomorrow night I will be joining up with the Northern Link at Haigh Hall Wigan. What a lovely place it's well worth a visit. Next Friday it's Walkden Legion. See you there.  
 

 
FRIDAY 21ST MARCH - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Back to normal at Walkden, all the wanderers returned. As has been the way since Christmas people we haven't seen for quite a while returned to the Motown. As always we seem to get more and more "Motown Virgins" finding the
Motown for the first time. I hope you'll come back and see us again soon. Good to see "The Slater Clan" in attendance, normally Ken & Dot had to come all the way from Australia, but nowadays they only have to come from just down the road. Another special mention great to have one of my Motown stalwarts back with us, Greeny is back at the Motown after a while of being out of commision.
 
Quiet again on the birthday front only one to report. So happy birthday to Anjo who was out with all his mates to celebrate his 50th. Happy birthday my man make sure you come back and see us again soon. The only other mention that needs listing is my friend Susan is getting married AGAIN. Good luck sweet lady I hope you're very happy, make sure he lets you still come to the Motown.  
 
I will be back at Walkden in two weeks on Friday 4th April make sure you make it a date. If you fancy Motown next
weekend I am doing a double header. Friday it's Lowton Social which is a relatively new one but is proving to be very popular. And then on Saturday I'm teaming up with Northern Link to do Haigh Hall at Wigan. If you've never been there it's a beautiful place well worth a visit.
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

 
FRIDAY 14TH MARCH - BOOTHSTOWN BRITISH LEGION
 
It was good to be back at Boothstown. Thanks to everyone who turned out regardless if you are a regular or one of
those famous "Motown Virgins". As I've said many times before it astounds me where we get all the Virgins from after all these years. It was good to see M/s Barlow and all her gang from the Riding Stables back at the Motown. We only usually see you once a year at Christmas, but anyhow you know you are always welcome at the Motown. Hopefully no one will be riding any horses today as it would be embarassing to be nicked for being "drunk in charge of a horse"
 
Only one birthday to report. So a very happy birthday to Tracy who was out at the Motown with all her friends celebrating that special night. As I always say if you've got a birthday at the Motown make sure you let me know as I will always give you a shoutout and a mention on the web site.
 
I will be back at Boothstown on Friday 23rd May, make sure you make it a date, cause as long as you support me I will keep it going. Two dates to remember, in two weeks time on Friday 28th March I will be at Lowton Social which is a relatively new one, it's Mega and well worth a visit. Then the night after I'm teaming up with the Northern Link again and we are at Haigh Hall at Wigan. This is posh Motown/Soul at its best. Next Friday you will catch us at Walkden Legion, you know how good that is.
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

 
 
SATURDAY 8TH MARCH - LOWER KERSAL SOCIAL
 
My Kersal Motowners never cease to surprise me. If you want to see how to enjoy a night out this is the place to come. A massive thank you to all my Kersal regulars and it was also great to see so many "Motown Virgins" in the house. To all the Virgins, I hope you enjoyed yourself, if you did, make sure you come back and see us again. Alan from Oldham missed another night of lovely ladies, you really need to get your act together Al.
 
Loads of birthdays to report so here goes. We had the lovely Anne Robinson who was out with the family celebrating that special night, happy birthday my love come back and see us again soon. Then we had Michelle who was out with all the girls celebrating the 50th, happy birthday my love see you soon. Then we had Maria Fielding also out with the gang for the birthday bash. And then there was Amy also out with all her friends doing the birthday thing. Happy birthday to you all. Finally we had Janis and Jimmy who were out at the Motown celebrating there wedding anniversary. Congrats gang see you again soon.
 
I will be back at Kersal on Saturday 26th April, so make sure you make it a date, and come back to the Motown you know you will always get a good night. Should you fancy Motown next Friday you will catch us at Boothstown Legion, thats always worth a visit.
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 
 

 
FRIDAY 7TH MARCH - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Another smashing Walkden Motown. Thanks to everyone who turned out what would I do without you. It was nice
to see plenty of Motown Virgins in the house, people are still finding the Motown after all this time. It was good to
see our old sitting on the floor dance back after all these years. We used to do this every night we ran but haven't
done it in years. Just shows when we bring some young blood in what can happen. A special mention to young
Cath who was in our picture this time and was also in the original pictures from the Con club all those years ago.
Still love you Cath.
 
A couple of birthdays to report. Firstly we had my Scottish correspondant Steven who came all the way from Scotland to celebrate his birthday at the Motown with the lovely Laura. Happy birthday McTavish see you again soon. Then we had Heather who was out with the girls celebrating that special night. Happy birthday my love come back and see us again soon. Lastly we had a leaving party in. Bon Voyage to Joanne who is leaving her work and going to pastures new. Hope all goes well for you in the future.
 
I will be back at Walkden in two weeks on Friday 21st March, hope to see you face in the house. If you fancy Motown tomorrow night you will catch us at Kersal Social Club, and next Friday we will be returning to Boothstown British Legion, hope to see you somewhere gang. 
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

 
FRIDAY 21ST FEBRUARY - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Walkden never fails to turn out in large numbers. A massive thank you to everyone who turned out on a night when there was alternatives available. It's your choice obviously where you go, thankfully the bulk of my people stayed
with me. I seemed to have masses of Motown Virgins which was nice, welcome folks make sure you come back and see us again soon. Also as I've mentioned previously it was good to see some faces back at the Motown who we haven't seen for ages. Welcome back gang.
 
Only one birthday to report which I made a total mess of. Let me explain - it was Justine's birthday who comes to the
Motown all the time, and on this special night all the girls turned out to celebrate with her. So far so good except I announced to everyone it was Maxine's birthday. Justine what can I do to make it up to you. I've got one or two ideas
but they are all naughty. Seriously though a very happy birthday to JUSTINE, love you to pieces my love. Don't forget
if you are having a birthday at the Motown let me know I'll always give you a shoutout, and a mention on the website.
 
I'll be back at Walkden in two weeks on Friday 7th March, make sure you make it a date. One to put in the diary for
later in March. I'm joining up with Northern Link again on Saturday 29th March, and we are trying a Motown/Soul
night at Haigh Hall at Aspull. I'm sure you know Haigh Hall which is in Haigh Hall Country Park. This one promises
to be a posh Motown Night, so get your glad rags on and turn out.
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

FRIDAY 14TH FEBRUARY - LOWTON SOCIAL CLUB
 
The lovers certainly turned out at Lowton on Valentines Night. A massive thank you to everyone who made the effort on an awful night for weather. If you were a regular or a Motown Virgin who hadn't been to the Motown before you were most welcome. I think Lowton has definetely got chances to establish itself as a regular Motown venue. As I always say while you support me I will be there.
 
Yet again we only seemed to have one birthday to report, so a very happy birthday to Lynn who turned out with all
the girls to celebrate her special night. Happy birthday my love make sure you come back to see us at the Motown again. If you've got a birthday party at the Motown make sure you let me know and I will always give you a shoutout and a mention on the web site.
 
We will be back at Lowton on Friday 28th March, make sure you make it a date, and let's do it all over again. If you fancy Motown next Friday you will catch us at Walkden Legion, we'd love to see you there. One other small point if you are coming to the Motown here in future and you want a definite seat I would advise you to come early as once all the seats have gone thats it. Finally just an apology for my errent smoke machine which went from not working at all to filling the whole place with smoke. Me thinks I need to get the settings adjusted somewhat. Stick with me we'll get there.
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

 
FRIDAY 7TH FEBRUARY - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Good to be back at the home of Motown at Walkden. Many thanks to everyone who turned our Regulars or Virgins
you know that you are all welcome. A really good crowd considering the local opposition up the road. Yet again
we seemed to get faces turning up who haven't been to the Motown for quite a while. Welcome back gang don't
leave it so long next time.
 
Big news on the birthday front, firstly we had Elaine who is an ever present at the Motown, where else could you
have chosen to celebrate that special night. Happy birthday my love, I know you'll keep it Motown. Then we had
Sue who was out at the Motown with a massive team of the girls to celebrate being 21 again. Happy birthday my
love make sure you come back and see us again soon.
 
Our next Motown night at Walkden is in two weeks on Friday 21st February, make sure you make it a date. If you
fancy Motown next week you will find us at Lowton Social, it's a relatively new one but so far it looks like it's
going to be very good. Also of course it's Valentines Night so "Love Will Be In The Air".
 
And as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 
 

 
FRIDAY 31ST JANUARY - BOOTHSTOWN BRITISH LEGION
 
First of the year at Boothstown and what you might call a middlem night. A massive thank you to everyone who turned out
regardless of if you are a regular or "Motown Virgin" Considering it's still January it was a reasonable turn out.It was good to
see yet again some faces we haven't seen for quite a while. You can't believe some of the excuses people use for not coming
to the "Motown".
 
It was a bit thin on the birthday front, and to my knowledge we only had one birthday party in which is unusual. So it's a special
mention to the lovely Sue who came to the "Motown" with all the girls to celebrate that special night. Happy birthday my love
and make sure you come back and see us again soon. A special mention for a school re union. Kenny (the steward) hosted
a re union for Buille Hill school from Salford. The odd thing was Kenny was the only man so spent the night surrounded by about
a dozen lovely ladies. Evidently Kenny hadn't seen the girls for years, it's good to keep memories alive.
 
We will be back at Boothstown on Friday 14th March so make sure you are with us. Asd I've always said while you support us
we will keep it going, when you don't I'm afraid we will be off. Next Friday you will catch us at Walkden and in two weeks time
on Valentines Night we are just down the East Lancs at Lowton.   
 
Finally as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 
 

 
 
 
SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY - LOWER KERSAL SOCIAL
 
First of the year at Kersal and what a cracker. A massive thankyou to everyone who turned our. If you are a regular or one of
those world famous "Motown Virgins" thanks for making it a date at the Motown. What must always be said is Kersal really
knows how to enjoy itself, it's great to see everyone having such a good time. Please take note that some of the dates for later
in the year have changed, if you take a look at the "Forthcoming Dates" page you will see all the correct dates. Sorry about
the confusion gang, but we are right from here on.
 
Firstly on the birthday front we had what must have been the biggest birthday party ever at the Motown. It belonged to Dave
who decided to come to "the Motown" with all his friends and family to celebrate that special night. I don't know Dave but he
must be some popular guy, so happy birthday my man and all the best. Then we had Carole Jones who also came to "The
Motown" with all her friends to celebrate her 21st again. A very happy birthday my love, make sure you come back and see us
again soon. Lastly on the birthday front we had Collette who was out with all the girls celebrating her 49th. Happy birthday
Collette make sure you keep coming back to "The Motown"
 
Our next Motown night here at Kersal will be on SATURDAY 8TH MARCH. That date has changed from the original so make
sure you make a note of it. Also as mentioned above have a look at the "Forthcoming Dates" page for the other changes. If you
fancy somewhere different next Friday we are at Boothstown Legion, we'd love to see you there.
 
Finally as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 
 

 
 
FRIDAY 24TH JANUARY - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Back to Walkden and another mega turnout. Thanks to everyone who turned out, great to see the "Motown" back
to normal even though it's still January. It was nice to welcome back a few faces who we haven't seen for ages.
Especially Paul & Dianne and Pauls lovely daughter, and Rosemary and all the gang. All of you have been away
for too long. Get back into the Motown gang.
 
Just a sad note to report, as some of you may know Farnworth Vets has now closed. What a shame as I always thought it was a good room. It's sad to see venues close, but I suppose this is progress.
 
On the birthday front, it was a night for a couple of my longest supporter. Firstly we had Jean who's been coming to the Motown for years. Good to see you choosing the Motown for that special night, and having Gaz and all the gang there to make it a special night for you. Then we had June, who was out with Dan and all the gang celebrating her special night. June and I go back all the way to Uncle Toms Cabin. Happy birthday my love and see you again soon.
Finally on the birthday front we had my cashier the lovely Pamela. Happy birthday lovely lady.
 
The Motown will be back at Walkden in two weeks on Friday 7th February, hope to see you all then. If you fancy
Motown before then you will catch us tomorrow night at Kersal Social Club, and next Friday we will be at
Boothstown British Legion.   
 
Finally as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 
 

 
SATURDAY 11TH JANUARY - NORTHERN LINK (RIVINGTON BARN)
 
Well it was a first, for once I was a "Link Virgin". Many thanks to everyone who turned out for my first visit to the Link. What a
great crowd, it was a pleasure to work to a crowd who really wanted to dance. I hope you enjoyed the music and had a great
night. If you enjoyed it maybe you should visit one of my "Motown Nights" if you click the button that says Forthcoming Dates
you will see where I am and when. Give it a try you will always get a good night at the Motown.
 
A very special thanks to "Miss Northern Link" herself  Karen who made it all possible. Make sure you support "The Link" in all the
various events. Lastly on the thanks I must mention Kevin and all his great staff who made me very welcome and couldn't have
been more helpful.   
 
On the birthday front we had a very special lady who came to "The Link" with all her friends to celebrate a special
night. Happy birthday Susan I hope you and your party enjoyed it. She even had a special birthday cake for the occasion. Then we had Carol who was at "The Link" with all the girls celebrating that special night. Happy birthday
my love, hope to see you again soon.
 
The Soul and Motown will be back at "The Link" on Friday 21st February with Soul Simon providing you with the
sounds. Hopefully I will see you again later in the year.
 
Finally can I wish everyone who was there a very Happy New Year, and remember keep it Motown in 2014.  
 

 
FRIDAY 10TH JANUARY - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Good to be back after our Christmas break. What a fabulous turnout considering it's the first week in January. Thanks to all my
wonderful regulars, I don't think there were so many Virgins in last night, but if you were a Motown Virgins you were most
welcome and you've started 2014 in the right way. A couple of special mentions, firstly it was good to have Peter from
Morrisons back with us at the Motown, Pete has been away for a while but hopefully we will now see him more often. And then
we had the lovely Linda and her partner who have now discovered that they can get to the Motown by train. Looks like we are
Inter City at last. Also a special apology for the lady who wanted me to play Andy Williams, I know I always say my music is
a broad church, but I think that would have been a bit much even for me.
 
A couple of birthdays to report. Firstly one while we have been off was my friend Brenda who was at the Motown with the girls
celebrating a belated birthday. Brenda was my number one "Chip Fryer" at Uncle Toms Cabin. Happy birthday lovely lady see
you again soon. Then we had Carol who was also out with the girls to celebrate her special night. Happy birthday my love
make sure you come back and see us again soon.
 
I will be back at Walkden in two weeks on Friday 24th January, make sure you keep it Motown in 2014. I'll see you then. If you
fancy something a bit different, the Motown will be at Rivington Barn tonight (Saturday) working for the Northern Link. I've never
done that before so it should be a bit unusual.
 
Finally can I wish all my Motowners a very Happy New Year. See you soon gang. 
 

 
SATURDAY 21ST DECEMBER - LOWER KERSAL SOCIAL
 
A very merry Christmas to all my Kersal Motowners. Thanks to everyone who turned out if you are Motown regulars or
first timers who are known as Motown Virgins. It was good to see so many people out at the Christmas Motown, At this point
just a word to let you know that the Motown in future will be every month on the last Saturday of the month. We are hopeful
that this will work, and as long as we get the support we will keep it going.
 
We had a couple of birthdays to report. Firstly we had Sue who was out at the Motown with all her family and friends
celebrating that special day at the Motown. Happy birthday my love make sure you come and see us again at the Motown
soon. Then we had John who was out with the guys celebrating another year. Nice one my man I know you are always at
the Motown so see you again soon.
 
So this was my last Motown night of 2013, so next time I crank it up it will be a new year. Don't forget our next Motown
night here will be on Saturday 25th January 2014. After that one it will be the last Saturday in the month every month.
 
And lastly a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.   
 
Finally as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

 
FRIDAY 20TH DECEMBER - WALKDEN LEGION
 
Well these Christmas Motown's keep coming round. A massive thank you to everyone who turned out for what was maybe
the best one ever. As it was ticket only there were no Virgins. One small problem if you had you're picture taken and it doesn't
appear on the picture page, I apologise but we had a bit of a problem with our camera. Most of them are on there fine, but if
you are missing sorry.
 
We had a couple of birthdays to report. Firstly we had Doreen who came to the Motown for her special night with all the girls.
Happy birthday my love, come back again soon. Then we had one who was cheating. Our very own "Tina Sambuca" has a
birthday on Christmas day, but decided to celebrate it early. Happy birthday beautiful see you in January.
 
So this is it as far as the Motown is concerned at Walkden till 10th January 2014. That will be us clocking up our seventh
year, not bad for something that started as a bit of fun. Our actual final Motown of the year is taking place this evening at
Lower Kersal Social. If you fancy a "Walk on the Wildside" this is an absolute must.
 
And lastly a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.   
 
Finally as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 
 

 
FRIDAY 13TH DECEMBER - BOOTHSTOWN LEGION
 
It's official Christmas has started. Thanks to all my regular "Motowners" who kicked it off to a fabulous start. At this
time of year we get lots of people who have never been to the Motown before, so a big thank you to all the "Motown
Virgins".
 
Also a big congratulations to Kenny and all his gang at Boothstown Legion. The club has been awarded the prize
as "Community Club of The Year" by the Club Mirror magazine. For those of you that don't understand this means
that it's the best club of its type in the whole of the UK. Pretty impressive or what. This is in spite of hosting the
Motown on a regular occasion.
 
I only heard of two birthdays, I'm sure there were probably more but we were overun with people. Firstly a happy
birthday to Janet who turned out with a massive party of friends to celebrate that special night. Happy birthday
my love come back and see us again soon. Then we had Sam from the club who chose to be at the Motown to
celebrate that special night. Happy birthday my man see you again soon.
 
This was the last Motown night at Boothstown before Christmas, but the big news is that we will be back stronger
than ever next year. Our first night of the new year here at Boothstown will be on Friday 31st January, make sure
you make it a date. And remember keep it Motown in 2014.
 
And lastly a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.   
 
Finally as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

 
FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER - WALKDEN LEGION
 
It was the calm before the storm. After this night we go into our Christmas run. It wasn't a bad turn out considering
we have also entered the "Staff Christmas Party" season. Thanks to all my regulars who supported me yet again.
And a special mention for all the Motown Virgins especially Dianne from Leicester, you never thought that you'd be
a virgin again did you my love. Hope all the newcomers come back and see me again soon.
 
A bit thin on the birthdays again but we had a couple. Firstly we had the lovely Pamela who was out with all the
gang to celebrate that special night. Happy birthday my love, come and see us again soon. Then we had one of my
main men. Stand up Alan from Oldham. Alan has been regular right back from the start, and is also one of my
unofficial mouthpieces. Happy birthday my boy, and I'd just like to say that there is no truth in this being his 76th
birthday. Let's be fair he's not a day over 75.
 
Our next night here is our Christmas Do on Friday 20th December, as you probably know this has sold out, so if you
haven't got a ticket I'm afraid you are out of luck. After that the next one will be the first one in the New Year, and
that one is on Friday 10th January. If you fancy Motown next week you will find us at Boothstown Legion. 
 
Finally as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown in 2014.
 

 
FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER - WALKDEN LEGION
 
It was Walkden we all know what we get there, a great turnout considering other events that were taking place.
Thanks to all my loyal regulars who turn up time after time, and a special thanks to the "Virgins" who were out in
force mainly due to a big party we had in. Just a word about the Christmas Motown all the tickets have sold, if you
are a regular and you didn't manage to get tickets I apologise, but unfortunately the place is only so big. A special
mention to Gill the state registered one it's about time you came to see us again, you've had plenty of time to get
yourself fit.
 
Only two birthdays to report unless people are managing to keep them quiet. Firstly we had Tony, who used to come
to our Motown nights in Swinton. Tony brought a massive party of friends to the Motown to celebrate his birthday,
wish I had that many friends, all the best my man. Then we had the lovely Karen who comes to the Motown quite
often. Karen was out with the girls celebrating. Happy birthday my love come back and see us soon.
 
Our next Motown night will be here in THREE weeks on Friday 6th December. I've run it an extra week so I can
line it up with the Christmas Motown. Make sure you make this one as it's the last Walkden before the Christmas
Do. Just a mention about the Kersal Christmas Motown this is not all ticket you can just turn up and pay on the door.
 
Finally as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown.
 
 

 
SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER - LOWER KERSAL SOCIAL
 
A bit quietish for Kersal, but I am sure it was only the lull before the storm, as I am equally sure it will be rammed
for the next one here which is just before Christmas. Many thanks to everyone who turned out for what turned
out to be a good night. A special thank you to all the Motown Virgins who were trying the Motown for the first time,
it still surprises me that we get people turning up at the Motown who have never been to one of our nights before.
A special mention must go to Debbie who excelled in the gang bang, while attending a family get together. Maybe
we should introduce it at Walkden.
 
A couple of birthdays to report. Firstly we had Winnie who was out with the girls to celebrate that special night. Winnie and I go back a good few years, happy birthday my love roll on till the next one. Then we had the lovely
Samantha who was out with all the girls celebrating her special night. They certainly downed a few, so happy
birthday my love I hope to see you again soon. Don't forget if you are having a birthday at the Motown to let me know as I will always give you a shoutout.
 
Our next Motown night here will be the Christmas Motown, which promises to be a burster and is taking place on
Saturday 21st December. Make sure you make it a date. You don't need a ticket, just turn up and pay on the door it's the usual price of £4. Hope to see you then. 
 
Finally as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown.
 

 
FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER - LOWTON SOCIAL CLUB
 
A great night for a first night. A massive thank you to everyone who turned out and fought the rain. Thanks to some of my regulars who travelled over to Leigh from various part of Lancashire. And an even bigger thanks to all the Motown Virgins and there were hundreds of you. Just a word to explain as the majority of the people there hadn't been to one of my nights before a Motown Virgin is someone who hasn't been to the Motown before. Everyone I spoke to seemed to enjoy the night which is great, and if anyone has any suggestions or comments I'd love to hear them, please just drop me an E Mail.
 
A bit of a first I have no birthdays to report. I'm sure there must have been birthdays, so next time you are at the Motown at a
birthday party let me know and I'll give it a shoutout. Don't be shy I promise I won't bite you.
 
Our next Motown night here will be next year on Friday 14th February that's Valentines Day, so all the lovers can come out and
have a bop, and who knows what else. Hopefully after that we can make the Motown nights more regular as it's a great room
and deserves to suceed. I'm going to speak to the club and sort out some more dates for next year. Remember if you support
me I'll be there, but if the numbers shrink I'll be off, as I've oftem said everything has to pay..
 
Lastly a special thanks to all the staff at the club who worked there bums off to keep the beer flowing. You'll get use to this strange man who wears the funny coloured suits. It's only a bit of fun, you'll find I don't take myself too seriously. 
 
Finally as always thanks for your fabulous support and keep it Motown.
 

 
 
 
 
MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE: 
 
I started disc jockeying at "The Limit Club" Middleton where I was the assistant to the
assistant of the assistant of the disc jockey (In other words I went for the Coke's no booze in those days). From there I went as second assistant at "Bury Palais"(big promotion). Eventually the big break came and I got a job as number one disc jockey at a club on Deansgate in Manchester called "The Majestic" This was quite a popular club mainly Motown/Soul All Nighters the lot. From there I went to "The New Century Hall" in Manchester this was all big name charts acts Who/Small Faces/Etc.I was also at this time doing one nighters all over the country. Then the call came from one Tom Brown would I like to DJ and part manage a club in Little Hulton called "Uncle Toms Cabin". To be honest I don't think I even knew where Little Hulton was then, I soon found out. There is a full Uncle Toms story elsewhere on the site. This is where I first meet Jimmy Barlow and we have been friends ever since. From there I went to" Uncle Toms Cabin" in Darwin near Blackburn (this was both Cabaret and Disco). Eventually I moved on from there and worked at "The Beachcomber" and "The Empress" clubs in Bolton. Then came my first stint in Torquay where I worked at "The Compass Club". By this time I was doing more managing than disc jockeying which was probably a mistake. I then came back to Manchester and ran "The Brown Cow" which was a disco pub in Middleton. Then it was back to Torquay working between "The Compass Club" and "The Blagdon Inn". At "The Blagdon Inn"we ran an authentic "Spanish Barbeque" (All Viva Espania, San Gria,and people dancing on the tables). Then it was back to Manchester again where I ran "Bennys" a nightclub in Radcliffe owned by the footballers - all very glam.Then it was back to Torquay for my last season there when I worked across four clubs and also had my own guesthouse. The final move back to Manchester took me to managing firstly "The Talk of The North" in Eccles, and then "Blightys" in Farrnworth. Then I decided that that was enough and set up my present business and took a break from the nightlife.
That's a very short history, I could write a book about it all (I may do one day).