Disco, buffet, folk band and a great jukebox – memories of a 21st birthday at The Bay Hotel in Sunderland

She said it brought back fond memories of my 21st birthday party. I was 21 in November 1971 and in my final year at Langham Teacher Training College.

“My parents agreed that I could organize a party. My mother and I visited several places.”

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The Bay Hotel.

After visiting a few places, Viv had a stroke of inspiration.

“I remembered there was a little room upstairs in the bay where I used to go clubbing on Saturday nights. The manager at the time was great and very accommodating.

“He said we could have the room for free and he would change the jukebox to play for no money. We could also have a huge buffet for a flat rate of £10 plus a free drink for everyone.”

The decor was set and the evening did not disappoint.

Viv was pictured cutting the cake at her 21st birthday party.

“It turned out to be a great night,” Viv said.

“In addition to the disco, a huge and excellent buffet, three friends who were a folk singing group called ‘The Eldons’ popped in. They were the resident act of folk band Blue Bell on a Sunday night.

“At the end of the evening, the manager told me that since we had paid for the buffet, we could take all the remaining food home so you can imagine the delight of my college acquaintances at receiving ‘doggy bags’ especially a group of Civil engineering students from Polytechnique.

One of the most popular was The Blandford, which had a jukebox upstairs, followers said.

Other favorites for the top spot include The Borough, Continental, Blue Bell and Upper Deck.

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