Chapel Street Dances

Public street entertainment of the home-made variety was the norm then. Niall McAteer and John Sweeney who played the accordion at our street dances were our hosts. The venue was the Gas-yard Gates on Chapel Street.


I met my love

By the gasyard wall

Dreamed a dream

By the old Canal

Kissed my girl

By the factory walls

Dirty old town

Dirty old town!’

The dancing took place on the ‘lower deck’ where those who could, gathered. Spectators, who included all the neighbours, thronged the High Walk above to view the fun.

The entertainment went on till dark and after. These events were eagerly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed.

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