From Alex Russon of Mearns FM –
The Commodore Hotel goes down in Stonehaven folklore as being the flagship hotel of the town for the three decades before the turn of the century.
The hotel itself was of significant renown, but for locals, it was a place chiefly famous for the weekend discos, gigs and parties, so on September 25th our radio show was devoted to memories of those times (the ones we could refer to without contravening libel laws anyway).
Bongo was our star guest, a born and bred Stoney loon of half a century’s standing, and he guided us through memories of yesteryear’s Commy hijinks, aided by a healthy contribution from hundreds of folk on the Facebook page ‘Stonehaven When You Were A Kid’. Much ground was covered and many laughs shared as we reminisced in between a clutch of songs that reminded us of this glory days. Here’s a flavour from the music set list …
She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult)
I Travel (Simple Minds)
In A Big Country (Big Country)
I Feel For You (Chaka Khan)
The Reflex (Duran Duran)
New Year’s Day (U2)
Party Fears Two (The Associates)
Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield)
As for the chat, it’d take too long to describe in full the antics recalled by Bongo and myself, so instead, here’s a summary –
the scaffolding pole incident, the Booed Aff Steps, behind the drapes shenanigans, Greener the disco king, sticky carpets, bucking broncos, inflatable boxing rings, 10 at 10, bouncers, Hearts supporters bust up, hot dog stall, last dance tracks, the Commy conga, Flicks, and much, much more!
Still Time to Hear The Show – and Episode Two Coming Soon
This first broadcast is available for one more day – visit the Mearns FM website.
And do tune in for episode 2 on Friday Oct 30th 9-11pm, you’ll find us at www.mearnsfm.org.uk and we promise you fun and frolics!
The above article was first published on Alex’s Blog – Stoney Baloney