1965 -1970

the IVY LODGE club

Woodford Green, Essex

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THE IVY LODGE CLUB WOODFORD

The Ivy Lodge Club, What can I say about the greatest club (apart from the Cavern) in the universe.
I quote "Big old house which was our youth club in the 1960s! Loads of happy memories..(Thanks Denise) ..That just about sums it up.
Three nights a week Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays. It was an essential part of our lives.
It was organised by the Franciscan monks from the church next-door but run by its members.
There are no words to describe the atmosphere. The perfume, ( Brut & Charlie) the perspiration the beat the live groups. Just brilliant.
Among all the live groups that played there were a group called Episode Six Lead singer was Ian Gillan. A guy called Ritchie Blackmore came to the Ivy Lodge Club in June 1969 and asked Gillan to join his group. Yes the Birth of Deep Purple.
( Bet you didn't know that)
The DJs were Martin Enright who started it all off with his brother mick, and myself. The" Stage" was a full size sawn down billiard table. Groups like Sam Apple Pie and The Web were regulars at the club.

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Note the above picture is NOT inside
The Ivy Lodge Club
but used only to give a feel of the club.
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