THE sounds of the 1970s almost raised the roof at a new Barrow nightclub when the Bay City Rollers came to town in 1992.

It was a real party night as the band played all their big chart hits at The Place.

The Mail, on Saturday, October 31, noted: “Everyone left with manic grins on their faces on Thursday night after the Seventies icons gave the crowd what they’d paid to see.

"They sat on each other’s shoulders, jumped around like maniacs, waved scraps of tartan in the air and yelled their heads off.

“By the end of their hour-long set there was a line of six bouncers keeping the hoards of screaming fans off the stage.

“The band rattled through their golden oldies like Give A Little Love, Keep on Dancin’ and Shang-A-Lang.”

Most of the fans knew all the words and joined in with enthusiasm as they had a great time.

The band’s first visit to Barrow had been in 1971 to say hello to a special teenage fan in a Barrow hospital bed.

The Mail, on November 29, noted: “Teenage pop fan Beryl Grizedale was the luckiest girl in Barrow on Saturday.

“Her idols, the Bay City Rollers, paid a special visit to her hospital bedside to tell her to get well soon and keep on dancing.

“Beryl, 18 hopes to be able to dance again after a foot operation at North Lonsdale Hospital, Barrow.

She was overjoyed when all six members of the Scottish group walked into her ward.

The article noted: “After hearing about the plight of their extra special fan – Beryl has been a keen organiser of the group’s Barrow fans – the Bay City Rollers broke off from a tight schedule to take her bouquets of flowers.

“A starry-eyed Beryl said: ‘I would have gone up the wall if I hadn’t been able to see them while they were in Barrow’.

“Because of her operation she was not able to attend the Saturday night dance which was part of the group’s programme of one-night stands throughout the country.

“The group’s vocalist Nobby Clark said: ‘Beryl has been a fan of the group ever since we first started and we’ve been great friends since we first came to Barrow before we were in the charts.”

Band manager Tam Paton arranged the visit after Beryl’s family, of Dumfries Street, Barrow, explained what a blow it was for the teenager to miss the band’s concert at Barrow Public Hall.