1965 -1970

the IVY LODGE club

Woodford Green, Essex

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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.


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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