No long drinking sessions
I left school in July 1973 and went to work at Woolworth’s store, London Road. My pay was £10.50 per week of which I gave £2.50 to my parents and after deductions I was left with the princely sum of £7.50 to cover all my expenses, which included nights out. It was all a bit different to today, with all the shots and long drinking sessions into the night in the clubs. We didn’t really need a lot in those days, just a good place to go with decent music and the odd drink now and then.
The famous ‘hand stamp’
The Pop In did not have a liquor licence, and only sold soft drinks. We used to have our hand stamped so we could go out and have a drink and then re-enter. Some of us used to go to the Queen Anne up the road for a half of bitter, but not very often as we were really enjoying ourselves where we were.
Made many friends
The entry fee was about 20p so we could afford to go most nights in the week but had to get the last bus home at 11pm. If we missed that we were more than likely to walk home, because a taxi was out of the question. The Pop In was frequented mainly by the foreign students that were staying in the town and we made many friends over that summer. They were usually from either Scandinavia or West Germany. My group of local friends were; Jeff Gumbrell, Jeff Trangmar, Maurice Pilbeam, Keith Marchant and Linda and Sonia Sheppard.
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Only lasted the summer
The music played was a mixture of Glam Rock by The Sweet, T-Rex and Mott the Hoople amongst others, and Tamla Motown. They would also play some Rock as well which was a bonus. The DJ used to show film clips of old cartoons on the wall while the music was playing which was very effective. The Pop In only lasted for that summer, as September began the numbers started to fall as the students went home. By October it was just us locals, but we enjoyed our time that summer and have some fabulous memories.