This week’s #MondayMemories finds Len Murray, assistant bars manager when Poole Arts Centre opened in 1978, recalling a flavour of those days.
“I remember the enthusiastic excitement of everyone who worked there. Bill Sykes was my manager, great bloke. He left to drive Yellow buses. I had three managers in the short time I was there and was good friends with Sue Dinsmore, Tony Covell’s secretary, she was hilarious.
“I remember the Kate Bush concert, what an amazing show, I’ve never seen anything like that before or since. I watched her setting up the sound and lighting in the afternoon before the evening performance and she swore like a trooper! And the Tina Turner concerts, she loved Poole so much she added an extra date at the end of her tour and came back! Fabulous days!
“I only worked there until I think the autumn of 1979 when I left to work at the Bournemouth Telephone Exchange as a night telephonist.”
- Poole Arts Centre bar staff 1979.jpeg
- Len with Bill and Mrs Sykes opening the Harbour Bar, May 1978.jpeg
- The Whitecliffe Bar, 1979.jpeg