Remember the aviary?
I was talking to my Mum recently about this site and the Regent Cinema amongst other places. She wonders whether anyone remembers the aviary, housing mostly canaries, inside the North Street entrance, it was next to ‘Mrs Phillips’ cash office in the early 1940s? As a teenager during the war she was working as a cashier and had to cover all the various cash desks.
Mum loved The Regent
Other names she remembers from over 70 years ago were Mr. Lionel (Stewart) who she says was a lovely man, Johnny Wild, Assistant. Manager, Mrs Beard, Mr Amerino, Restaurant Manager and Mr Huggett who was Head Doorman. She loved to dance the night away in the ballroom after her shift finished. She does admit that although she loved The Regent her favourite dance venue was The Dome.
Do you remember the aviary or the perfume machine? Please share your memories by posting a comment below.
Many great songs
My memories of The Regent are from the early 1960s. Thursday nights dancing to all the hits of the day: Runaway, The Night has a Thousand Eyes, oh so many great songs. I especially remember that On the wall in the ladies cloakroom there was a pink metal cabinet with four plungers which dispensed perfume. You would put a 6d coin in, and choose your favourite. At the time, mine was Goya, Black Rose. You had to be careful where you stood or the jet of perfume would end up in your eye or over your shoulder!
The last bus home
I also recall The Victor Sylvester Dance Studio. I think it was accessed from the Windsor Street entrance. I still have a certificate somewhere, proud winners of a waltz competition with my then boyfriend. Of course there was that rush at the end of the evening rushing to get the last bus home. Happy days!