'[I first came in] 1936, 1937 to the dance and when I was allowed to go to the dance.... My mother would be outside to take me home.'
The Ballroom opened to the public in November 1925, a little after the auditorium. The Ballroom was always used whenever music and dancing were needed for dances, music gigs, wedding receptions, reunions and any other functions. Many people remember coming to the Ballroom to dances on a Tuesday and Saturday night, the longstanding ‘Tuesday Night Dance’ is legendary throughout the area.
Music has always played a major role in The Memo Ballroom: in the early years some first class artists such as Mrs. Clara Novello Davies (mother of Ivor Novello), John Hargreaves and accompanist Gerald Moore plus many more, graced the stage on a Sunday night to raise money for local charities. From the mid-1970’s and through the 1980’s, The Memo became famous for its Sunday night music gigs attracting many well-known names to perform on the ballroom stages: rock bands such as Iron Maiden, Dire Straits, The Stranglers, The Cars, Motorhead, Whitesnake, Marillion and local musicians such as Steve Strange and many more.