The early 1960s: teen idols come to Malvern
In the 1960s the Winter Gardens hall was often used for “teenage dances”.
Acts included Gene Vincent, Paul Raven (later known as Gary Glitter), Johnny Kid and the Pirates, The Ravons, Screaming Lord Sutch, Shane Fenton (later known as Alvin Stardust), The Applejacks and The Hollies.
“They had warm up acts, like the Dennis Wheeler Orchestra, who supported some of the big names. When they were on, some people did ballroom dancing. One of the rules was ‘No kissing on the dancefloor’.”
Chris Ash, audience member, 1960s