6:52 PM January 15, 2022
7:56 PM January 15, 2022
It has previously hosted The Who, Cream and The Kinks, but after 65 years The Talk, Norwich’s nightlife staple, will close its doors for good.
The venue, which has been called The Talk for 15 years, will close at the end of March after Covid fears and restrictions saw crowds dwindle.
But in the 1960s and 1970s, the venue was one of the city’s most popular.
The club was then known as the Melody Rooms, attracting some of the biggest beat and psychedelic bands in the world before being visited by glam rock royalty Slade and Sweet in the 1970s.
Its history began in 1954, when the then Mayor of Norwich, Horace Allen, opened it as the Norwich Industrial Club, with over 800 people attending.
Over the next 65 years, the club would go by many names, while hosting cabarets, comedies and nightclubs.
When news of the sites closure broke, readers reacted with sadness, with Facebook commentator Ann Gowen describing it as “the end of an icon”.
Another Faye Starling said: “So sad this club is closing, it’s still a place I choose to go to as it feels very safe, especially since it’s out of town.”
While Lorraine White added: “Sad news, good memories, when I was 17 I saw Sweet there and more recently the Bo Nanafana parties which were fabulous.”
Take a journey through the history of this classic Norwich club, with these nostalgic images.
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