Picture Post 1405 : An Old Trouper Begging For Coins

Wimbledon Palais (B1-5)


I must have taken this photograph of Wimbledon Palais in the 1970s. By then it was in terminal decline, and moving through the end stages of life of all great venues : from bingo hall to furniture store to builders’ rubble. Forty years earlier it had attracted dancers from all over London with the largest sprung dance floor in Europe. Even ten years before this photograph, the likes of the Beatles, the Stones and the Who had graced its stage. In this photograph it is like an old trouper begging for coins on a street corner.

One comment

  • Hey, thanks for the photograph, Alan.
    My mum gigged here in the 1950s, she’s 83 today, keeping well. She was a vocalist with the big band (think it was Oscar Rabin?) and she only recently mentioned the venue.

    I’ve sent her an email with your pic (hope you don’t mind), along with some others.



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