Memories of the 1970s

Sherry's building in Middle Street, Photographed on 8 December, 1968 - click on the photograph to open a large version in a new window
Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection

Go-go dancers with thigh high boots

Sherry’s brings back many memories of the 1970s and early 1980s. I remember the go-go dancers and their platform soled thigh high boots and DJ Kenny Lyn spinning the discs. The evening used to be punctuated with a live band usually playing covers of classic pop songs which nobody danced to. The Sherry’s dress code was collar and tie and trousers and shoes. One night a friend without a tie took off his sock, tied a large knot in it and hung it over his collar, the doorman didn’t even notice and he was allowed entry.

Questionable catering

The food was served in a plastic basket and eaten with plastic cutlery; the meal consisted of a few chips with questionable sausages and burgers. The entrance used to be at the rear on Middle Street, in the 1970s the queue used to reach up to The Spotted Dog pub. During the evening when you weren’t dancing, groups of friends used to walk along the balcony around the dance floor, then down the grand staircase and then pass in front of the long bar. Sherry’s being quite a big disco; the walk round needed to be done so you could see if there was anybody you might know or quite liked the look of.

Simple and carefree times

My group of friends have many fond memories of Sherry’s in our teens and early twenties, probably because things were much simpler and carefree in those times. No mortgage and living at home with the parents meant we could go out 4 or 5 times a week to socialize and enjoy ourselves with friends; you would need the equivalent of a mortgage to do that nowadays. Thinking about it; that’s just for the right clothes, phone and watch without even buying a drink at the bar!

Comments about this page

  • Wow, that 1968 photo looks so different to how I remember it about 1972, it must have been “renovated” late 1960’s or very early 1970’s! The main entrance up the steps is nice, its a shame that it was so ruined. While some might argue that it looks shabby, just look at the view on Google street view today, horrible!

    By Peter Groves (01/06/2012)
  • Sherrys was always on our circuit. Sundays  was always a regular night and sometimes on a Friday or Saturday if we didn’t fancy the Top Rank or if it was too full etc. Always started off in the Lanes at Shades Bar, the Sussex, Druids Head and Derek Carvers.

    By Robert White (26/06/2016)
  • I agree with Peter Groves about the image – I went to Sherry’s in the 70’s and 80’s and I seem to remember tall glass windows at the front.
    Great place to go with friends.

    By Chriss L (21/03/2021)
  • I sang in my band at Sherries bar, way back in the 70’s! Great atmosphere. I played there on a regular basis.
    Jen Pryce.

    By Jen pryce (18/02/2023)
  • I was a Go go dancer in the 70’s at Sherry’s.
    I was still at school and my form teacher came in one night. Don’t know who was more shocked, her or me!

    By Lorralee Dobrijevic (22/07/2023)

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