A series of decades-old photos has been uncovered by a local photographer, and will feature in our new coffee-table book about Barnsley life during the 1970s.
The Dirty Stop Outs Guide to 1970s Barnsley is due to be published later this year and will feature the photographs, taken by the father and son team, Stan Plus Stan Two, throughout the decade of glam.
The rare images capture moments that, until now, have remained hidden deep in the family’s archives; showing wild nights at Club Ba-Ba and The Birdcage in Hoyland, private parties at Keresforth Hall and Ardsley House, performances by famous comics, including Dukes and Lee and Charlie Williams, Mayor’s Parades, and even Shaun Doyle’s legendary boxing nights.
“We have thousands of negatives with all kinds of treasures on them,” said Stan Bulmer, who launched the family business with his dad in 1978.
“It’s having the time to go through them, but when we did recently, it was really interesting to look back and remember some of the great events and people we’ve photographed over the years.
“My dad, who was the Barnsley Chronicle photographer for 25 years, isn’t around anymore, but he was well-loved in this town – everybody called his name when he was out and about, there wasn’t a pub in the town he couldn’t get an after-hours drink in, and they even sang his name at Barnsley FC matches.”
The Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Barnsley will celebrate the era dominated by venues like Club Ba-Ba and the Londoner, and the heyday of Barnsley’s Civic Theatre; jam-packed with memories and stories right from the mouths of local people.
The book’s writer, Nik Farah, said: “I was so excited by what Stan uncovered, particularly things like photographs from the inside of Club Ba-Ba which, honestly, I was beginning to think just didn’t exist. I’ve spoken to so many people while I’ve been doing research for this book, and memories and stories have been free-flowing but photographs have been trickier. Luckily, Stan and his dad have been documenting the town between them for nearly 50 years! It’s unbelievable to think these images could have stayed hidden, they’re too good to miss, and I think so many people are going to get an incredible walk down memory lane because of them.
“The 1970s in Barnsley was the era of questionable fashion, go-go dancers, glam rock and industrial action. What’s more, it was a time of community and it’s been wonderful getting people to cast their minds back to who their best mates were, who they fancied, which variety acts they remember appearing onstage at which pubs and clubs.”
And if you have memories or photos to share, there’s still time to include yours in the guide.
“This book is a scrapbook of a great time in the town’s history, and I want to hear from as many people as I can who have stories and photos or clippings to share,” added Nik.
“Were you a Barnsley Chronicle’s Girl Friday? Did you shop at Rita Britton’s Pollyanna? Were you on a float in the first Mayor’s Parade in ’73, or did you march in the Barnsley Bitter protest of ’74? I’d love to hear from you.”
Email your memories and photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Barnsley’ Facebook page to add comments and images.
The Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Barnsley will be released in the autumn.