My Time At The Southport Mecca Garrick
Handyman Kenny Smith contacted Playing Bingo with some details of one of the marvellous halls he worked in, the Mecca Southport Garrick.
Author: Kenny Smith
Until I retired recently, I was employed as the handyman at the Mecca club in Southport from 1983 until 2009, where I had some great times. The club is the former Garrick Theatre, and is a magnificent building. All the original fibrous plaster moldings are still there to be admired as are the original pitch pine timber molding. The former artistes' dressing rooms are now redundant but still exist. The boxes are a joy to observe. It was a privilege and a pleasure to look after the building for 25 years, and I have many happy memories of working there.
The building was completed in 1932 at a cost of £120,000 on the former site of the Winter Gardens Theatre which was destroyed by fire. It is said that shows were put on at the Garrick Theatre to trial them prior to them going to the West End of London. I had 26 happy years looking after this magnificent building, which was grade 2 listed in 1999. and stands in the Lord Street Conservation Area of Southport.
The Southport Garrick - Photographer Ian Grundy's photographic piece on the hall.