Memories of Lindisfarne, 1974

Hilary, 1976

Audience member Hilary Postle recalls the special atmosphere of the Lindisfarne gig on 24th October 1974

In the days before fire regulations, with standing room only, there were 1400 people crammed into the ballroom to watch Lindisfarne perform the haunting ballad that is “Lady Eleanor”. People were standing on the single chairs around the perimeter, and there was next-to-nobody left out near the fountain ( a traditional spot for meeting/hanging out). Girls sat on boyfriends’ shoulders, and the air was thick with cigarette smoke and 1970s weed. Such an atmosphere, with the much-missed Alan Hull on lead vocals, and for me a highlight of those great days. Unforgettable.

Thank you to Hilary Postle for posting this memory

Comments about this page

  • I was there too. Great Gig. Great Days. We were lucky to grow up in an area of such outstanding natural beauty AND have a fabulous venue on our doorstep too.

    By FEE WARNER (14/06/2019)
  • Managed to get backstage and get my “Fog on the Tyne” music book signed by Alan and Jacka. Alan wrote “Love to the slightly mad girl”.
    I made the mistake of lending the book to a school chum and never saw it again 🙁

    By Caroline James (20/06/2019)
  • I remember everyone singing along to Fog on the Tyne – especially when they got to the lines “ we can swing together, we can have a wee wee, we can have a wet on the wall”

    By Hazel Saunders (02/10/2019)

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