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The WIGAN CASINO was a nightclub in Wigan
Wigan
, England
England
. Operating between 1973 and 1981, it became known as a primary venue for northern soul music. It carried forward the legacy created by clubs such as the Twisted Wheel in Manchester
Manchester
, the Chateau Impney ( Droitwich
Droitwich
), the Catacombs ( Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton
) and the Golden Torch (Tunstall , Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
). It remains one of the most famous clubs in Northern England.

This England, a TV documentary about the Wigan
Wigan
Casino, was filmed in 1977. Russ Winstanley and Dave Nowell wrote a history of the club, Soul Survivors, The Wigan
Wigan
Casino Story, which was published in 1996. A stage play by Mick Martin about the Wigan
Wigan
Casino years, Once upon a time in Wigan, debuted in February 2003 at the Contact Theatre in Manchester, and has since toured nationally.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 See also * 3 References * 4 Further reading * 5 External links

HISTORY

Wigan
Wigan
Casino was the name of the last incarnation of a Wigan
Wigan
ballroom called the Empress. Local DJ Russ Winstanley and Wigan
Wigan
Casino manager Mike Walker approached lease owner Gerry Marshall to run all-nighters. Walker brought Winstanley, who had a DJ set at the local rugby club, to the Casino Club. At 2am on Sunday, 23 September 1973, Wigan
Wigan
Casino stared for its first ever Northern Soul
Northern Soul
all-nighter, with Winstanley as the DJ. After Winstanley and his helper Ian Fishwick, Kev Roberts was the third DJ at Casino all-nighters, who was quickly joined by Richard Searling Soul performers that performed there include Jackie Wilson , Edwin Starr
Edwin Starr
and Junior Walker
Junior Walker
.

Young people from all over the UK regularly attended Wigan
Wigan
Casino to hear the latest northern soul artists and to dance. There were long queues to get in. The second dance floor, Mr M's, stayed open until 06:00 and played oldies songs from a variety of DJs including Dave Evison and Steve Whittle. All-nighters genenerally ended with three songs that became known as the 3 before 8: "Time Will Pass You By" by Tobi Legend , "Long After Tonight Is All Over" by Jimmy Radcliffe
Jimmy Radcliffe
, and "I\'m on My Way " by Dean Parrish . Parrish is still active on the northern soul circuit.

Wigan
Wigan
Casino's 500th Allnighter was held on Saturday 16 May 1981 - 12:00 to 08:00.

Wigan
Wigan
Council owned the building and wanted to extend the nearby Civic Centre, but short of funding, it never went ahead. The club was closed on 6 December 1981; that final night of Wigan
Wigan
Casino in its northern soul state was DJ'd by Winstanley, and the 3 before 8 were played three times consecutively at the end of the night. The crowd refused to leave, so according to Winstanley, to "break this spell of hysteria" he picked a 7" at random from his box and played that. This final Wigan
Wigan
Casino song became one of the most famous northern soul songs of all time, Frank Wilson 's " Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) ". Annual reunions are held in Wigan
Wigan
hosted by the original DJs.

The site is now occupied by the Grand Arcade shopping centre, which pays homage to the club with its Casino Café.

SEE ALSO

* Casino Classics: Chapter One

REFERENCES

* ^ * ^ "BBC Manchester
Manchester
- Clubbing - Wigan
Wigan
Casino". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-03. * ^ " Chris Hunt Wigan
Wigan
Casino". Chrishunt.biz. 1973-09-23. Retrieved 2015-06-03. * ^ "I\'m On My Way". Grand-arcade.co.uk. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2015-06-03.

FURTHER READING

* Shaw, Dave. Casino. Bee Cool Publishing, ISBN 0-9536626-2-4

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