It may seem strange to some of the younger Blantyre generation, but Blantyre had a FEW nightclubs over the years, something lacking these days. I thought I would dig out a few ‘Caspers’ nightclub photos from 1990. Caspers was a nightclub on the Glasgow Road, in the building that is now currently Blantyre Library, corner of Victoria Street. Photos of the inside of Caspers seem to be few and far between, so hope this brings back some memories for some people. The date is July 1990, one Saturday evening.
This was the days of £3 to get in, free if you were in before midnight. The picture from the balcony (my vantage point every weekend!), was where my friends Sandy, Tommy & Peter Leggate and I would stand, preferring to have a full 360 degree view of what was going on! I recall buying Asda (female) managers a drink every Saturday at the bar, which would mean overtime was assured the following weekend. Something that could never happen these days! My drink was a pint of Snakebite and Blackcurrent (or commonly known as a Diesel), which if I remember was £1.25. The music was 50% Stock, Aitken and Waterman (More Kylie, Jason, Sonia, Hazel Dean!!), but it was turning more towards a better, more mainstream dance era, with Technotronic, Rebel MC, Soul to Soul etc. Musical artists played week on week in this club included Big Fun, Betty Boo, Black Box, Adamski, MC Hammer and Neneh Cherry. Of course the occasional howler like Jive Bunny was thrown in, as well as old classics like “Dignity” from Deacon Blue and The Waterboys, “Whole of the moon”. Who can remember the sticky, lager soaked dark blue carpets. I’m not sure why I’m wearing a suit? That certainly wasn’t the norm for me. All in all, fun and good times.
Putting the picture up on social media prompted a wave of memories and comments.
Geraldine McLaughlin said, “I was the manager in Caspers back then , hard to believe it was 25 years ago !“
Jude Lewis added, “I remember getting locked in the cellar when a fight kicked off.“
Kelly Ann Ramsay said, “Was there a cut out of casper the ghost on the wall outside? I seem to remember thinking it was a kids place that i was never allowed to go to, not realising it was a nightclub“
David Lanaghan said, “I remember ex celt joe miller taking the entrance money on a sat nite”
Alan Baird spent many a night in there lol
Carole M Castle I think you and Kenneth took me there it was the telephone box that I remember most about that place x