APOLOGIES to anyone who reckons otherwise but Mike Rossi’s Friday night rock n’roll must be the longest running weekly show on the Fylde.
It all started in November 2000 when the manager at the Queens Hotel on Blackpool promenade suggested trying a rock n’roll night for a month or so to se how it went down.
It turned out to be a storming success and a decade and more later it’s still going strong.
There is, however, for the first time a change of venue.
With the Queens closing down from January to mid-March for refurbishment, Rossi’s Friday night rock n’roll session is moving to a new home at Hampton Road Social Club and Caravan Park.
“We’ve had 12 fantastic years at the Queens and the amount of people that passed through the doors every Friday night just to be amazed at the sound of rock n’roll has been great,” said music-lover Rossi.
“So many great musicians have graced the stage over the years.
“Just a few years ago we had live on the famous stage Tommy Allsup from Buddy Holly’s band The Crickets.
“It has been a wonderful journey but now the journey continues at its new venue.
“This night has been happening every Friday since November 2000 and must be the longest running show ever in this town.
“That must be some sort of record,
“And the best news is that rock n’roll is alive and kicking in Blackpool and getting better and better as the years have come and gone.”
The newly-titled Mike Rossi’s Shake Rattle and Stroll Party takes place at Hampton Road Social Club & Caravan Park for the first time tonight.
The new venue is about five minutes off the end of M55, just off Lytham Road, after the bridge turn left and the club and large car park are at the end of the street. The postcode for those fancy folk with sat nav is FY41JB.
Admission is £4.