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Events tagged with "Gavans"

Wolverhampton Scene 1960s

Wolverhampton has had an active gay and club scene for many years, at times in the 70s and 80s more inclusive than Birmingham's. The Gay Flamingo was one of the earliest clubs and the Silver Web owned by Norman and Betty Webb was a regular haunt of m...

Memories tagged with "Gavans"

Gavans at The Dorchester

So when we opened Gavans, there was a bit of a blaze of publicity about having the largest gay club in Europe, on the front door, the Wolverhampton people accepted it, lovely, the club became a very successful commercial club. On three other nights ...

I was outed in the police

Bernard explained his ‘outing’ in the police. “I probably indirectly came out in the early 90s in the job. I was working with the CID at West Bromwich police station. There was some guy aged 21 in hospital having tried to commit sui...

Opening Gavans politically motivated

We then started to get very involved in gay politics, with rights for lesbians and gays, and Im among the old school, Im not very good at going out on the streets carrying a banner and harassing people, I like to do it in private, behind the scene...

Pubs/Clubs at the time - 1992

"At that time a lot of pubs were still knock on the door. You could walk into Partners. The Jester was up Holloway Head, and is one of the oldest gay pubs in Birmingham; I think it's renamed now. There's a police station above it and it's opposite...

The Wolverhampton scene in the 1980s

In those days (around 1980 82) there was a very limited gay scene, though Wolverhampton had the biggest scene. It had a nightclub, owned and run by a brother and sister, Norman and Betty Webb, The Silver Web, which was bigger and we later had the ...

Wolverhampton Scene and Bill Gavan

Wolverhampton was never a gay scene at one time, we all used to go into town, then suddenly a bar opened in Chapel Ash called the Alexandra, Geoffrey Bangham opened it, and it became very popular in the seventies, everyone used to go and that took...