The people visiting this branch of Tesco probably have no idea that forty-seven years ago today the Rolling Stones played a gig in this building. This was once the Granada cinema and on the 16th of March 1965 one of Britain’s best known bands shared the bill with The Hollies, The Konrads, Goldie and the Gingerbreads, Dave Berry and the Cruisers and the Checkmates (there were two US bands with this name at the time and I can’t work out which one played that night). The compere was Johnny Ball who went on to become a household name in the UK.
This building is a real survivor, it was hit during a raid in 1940 which left the auditorium exposed. During its time as a cinema there were two retail outlets at the front on the left and the entrance was in the same place as the present one but with steps leading up to it.
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