Zeigfield’s nightclub – Nightclub owner James Mortimer bought the Hastie’s Farm development at 16 Victoria Street in 1985 as part of his Lanarkshire Holdings. He then changed the rear Hasties Restaurant into Zeigfields Nightclub and the front part of the building, formerly Bananas Disco, into Barnums.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights were Disco nights initially in 1986 from 10am until 2am. Admission was £2.50 on a Friday, £3 on a Saturday and £1 on a Sunday. Ziegfields 50/50 Thursday night was also incredibly popular.
On Thursdays, it was 50p to get in, and then 50p for a drink. People may remember buying a pint of diesel (snakebite and blackcurrent) or Pink Panthers. Amongst the workers was Gus Sillars. The phone number was 826060.
On Wednesday 5th February 1986, a local talent competition took place with the winner receiving £1,000. Tuesday 25th February 1986 was Ladies only night with a male stripper on show, including a basket meal for the £4 ticket price. The venue was also host to many birthday and private functions, but will forever be remembered for people in their teens, 20’s and into their 30’s that enjoyed the weekend discos.
Zeigfields closed in late 1989, a casualty of dropping trade from nearby competitors like Caspers and the growing popularity of clubs in Hamilton. The building lay derelict for almost a year when on Hogmanay 1990, the roof caught fire and the building was subsequently condemned, scheduled for demoition a few years later.
Zeigfields, (or Ziggy’s as it was nicknamed locally) remains a popular memory for many people whom, for their entertainment would often jump between Caspers Nightclub across Victoria Street and Ziggys, sometimes even on the same night!
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017
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