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Monday 18th March 2019

1297th   Luncheon

The 96th  Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held at 11-45am on Monday 18th  March at The Holiday Inn, Aytoun St, Manchester, prior to the talk and lunch arranged for that date.

Gwen Crossley Honorary Secretary

Ian Reed


Archivist of the BBC regional Big Bands

"The Palaces of Laughter"


The Holiday Inn.   25 Aytoun Street, Manchester M1 3AE
for Sat Navs use M1 3DT


Luncheon sponsored by a member



A look at the history of the Hulme and Hippodrome in Manchester, the many comedians who performed there, and the stars yet to be discovered, who graced their stages for around 80 years. The Hippodrome is in serious disrepair but the good news is that the Playhouse is now back in use and featured recently on Look North.                                         

 This is an illustrated talk and once again Ian will have a selection of CDs available to purchase. There are now 9 double albums of the BBC Regional Bands available.                       

 Ian is proud that in addition to saving a considerable amount of music, the Project has raised over 5000 for music based charities and Children in Need


Ian Reed M.I.E.T spent 25 years in Manchester and Leeds, working on Radio
broadcasts ranging from Symphony Concerts, to Drama and Outside Broadcasts.
He shared with his colleagues a BAFTA award for the sound on a simultaneous
Radio 3 and BBC2  production of the St Matthew Passion in 1980.

Now long retired, he together with 3 other colleagues set up the NDO project to
save for future generations the music and scores of the Regional Big Bands, in
particular the legendary Northern Dance Orchestra, which was famous worldwide.
He is now working on his 9th and final double CD album, which like the others
will be produced by the Project at cost, those involved giving their time and
skills without any payment.



Closing date for applications for this luncheon is Friday 8th March 2019




Sage Crusted Pork Steak,

.Caramelised Apple, Tender Stem Broccoli & Chestnut Mushroom Cream.


Pave of Salmon, Parmentier Potatoes, Fennel, Tomato, Parsley and Shallots.

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Vegetarian     Roast Butternut Squash & Sage Rissottp. Parmesan Crisp & Toasted Pine Nuts.  Vegetarian



Apple, Pear and Hazelnut Crumble, Custard.


Manchester Tart

or Fresh Fruit Salad

or Ice Cream


Coffee or Tea