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Stories Written By: Gill Balfour

The Tartan Army – Rollermania

After the sophistication of the early seventies disco scene a whole new phenomena struck in 1974 with the emergence of The Tartan Army. Don’t worry it wasn’t a Braveheart style attack on those of us south of the border but a new band called the Bay City Rollers. Les McKeown joined the line-up as lead singer in 1974, Remember Sha La La was released the same year and Rollermania was born. They were billed as ‘The biggest group since the Beatles’ and tartan became the fabric of choice for teenagers. More hits followed such as Shang a Lang and Summer …

Disco Nights – 70s Nightlife

Getting ready for your first trip to a proper Disco was like going from primary school to College in one step. The preparations were similar but with knobs on, not only did you have to look good, you had to look older. Most discos had an admittance policy of 21 plus and sophistication was the byword. In reality it wasn’t that hard to get in but the first time you went you didn’t know that and running the gauntlet of the DJ clad bouncers was terrifying. My first trip was to Neros, the local disco in the seaside town where …

70s Night Out

Fridays always took an age to arrive and it was essential to keep on the right side of your parents all week if you wanted any chance of making it to the school youth club on Friday night. Not having to be asked to wash up and keeping some floor space free in your bedroom helped as well as looking as interested in possible when your dad went into graphic detail about the new lawn mower he’d just bought. School breaktimes would be spent plotting how you and your friends were going to get to the disco in clothes that …

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