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Celebrating The Jesters nightspot

Artist Derek Allport has turned his skilled eye to a fondly-remembered venue in Mexborough; He writes:
"Ah those sweet days and nights of the 1970's when the pits were all in operation - Manvers, Denaby, Cadeby, Kilnhurst, Silverwood etc etc.
" When Mexborough was buzzing with activities, and only the fashions were bad.
"People were becoming better off but devastation was around the corner - pit closures, unemployment and the winter of discontent.
"For a while we had the Jesters - a plush nightspot where a good time was had by all, including myself.
"Let us go back and remember some of the entertainers and the staff."

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Introduction to the Jesters series

The Jesters manager

Bernard Manning

Jesters staff

Stephane Grappelli

Norman Collier

The Krankies

P J Proby

Compere Ray

Vince Eager

Jim Bowen

Billy gets ready to boogie

Cannon and Ball incident

Acker Bilk

Benny Hill

Glamour girls

Karl Denver

Les Dawson

Frank Ifield

Charlie Williams

Dress code...

David Whitfield

Bobby Vee

Edwin Heath


Edwin Starr

George Roper

Duggie Chapman

Ivy Benson

Russ Abbott

Marti Caine

Ken Dodd

Cut sellers

This concludes Derek's series.