Here's a question for your
readers. I grew up in Derry and often visited Portrush as a child. I
remember, as if it was yesterday, on one occasion being incredibly
excited to see and hear for the first time real live music. Being very
young, possibly still in single figures, I was with my parents. We
walked past the Arcadia Ballroom towards the East Strand, and to my
amazement I heard this loud music ahead. When we got closer I could see
a rock band playing on the beach. It was so exciting! It was The Wheels.
I wonder if anybody else remembers this? It was probably about 1964.
Some years later I spent two
years at college in Portrush in 1978-79 and worked at Chesterís New
Arcadia where we put on some great concerts, including the Undertones,
the Stranglers and Ian Dury & the Blockheads, but thatís another story
Best wishes, Bryan Ford