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Friday, 25 March 2011

TIFFANY'S AD - 1972

Here's a place that doesn't get a mention in yesterday's book - well, they'd have to change the title to "Are Ye Fightin'?" - it's Tiffany's in the Nethergate, the advert dated January 1972.
In the 70's, it had a serious reputation for being a venue for scrapping, so it was no doubt doing a roaring trade in '72, a time when all the well known Dundee gangs were knocking lumps out of each other!
I see their Tuesday private function was on till 1 o'clock in the morning, but their normal weekend business shut at midnight and earlier. Strange.
And who were Force 6 - a local band?
Anyway, there's a good chance the ad will bring a cold shiver down your spine rather than a smile to your face!

17 comments:

  1. I liked Tiff's, they had a pretty good Band playing there about '79, same playlist every week, but good nonetheless, and it was good for pulling....

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  2. Did Andy Gray not get a right good going over in Tiffanys resulting in Jim McLean banning United players from going there?

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  3. anon was probably waiting for 'the everybodies doooing the locomotion' joke, having said that Tiffs was alright never managed to pull though, only got in one minor scuffle and the dryburghs special tasted like it was made from bananas.I do remember a lot of guys would come out the bogs pissed wi thir knobs hanging out, at first I think it was accidental then it turned into a sort of daring game and a bouncer was posted to there to stop patrons exposing themselves voluntary or other wise, what fun : )

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  4. I used to go on a monday night when I was at school alex and ed sweeny doing the disco they were pish,
    were the doormen all fae the hulltoon and beechy
    northern soul punters collapsing with palpitations coz they'd took too many blues and hadn't drunk enough water, the memories are flooding back ha ha ha wot a larf

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  5. Ah Tiffs..smerties on the door bullying ah chunt, because that's what they were good at..Ralph Milne stealing a lassies hand bag for beer money..what a fkin dump lol..

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  6. Used to go every Saturday afternoon-to me at least it was pretty cool-bunch of druggies like Tam& Tina hogging the back tables-Disco / Northern Soul- few good dancers strutting their stuff on an empty floor-quite a few likely lads- and laddettes- braw!

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  7. Force Six were originally an eight piece band and were resident at Sunderland Locarno prior to opening Tiffany,s Dundee 16th Dec.1971.They finished in April the following year.Ex Rite Tyme guitarist Frankie V played with them.The other members were mainly from Birmingham area including John Hancock the organist,band leader Roger Lawden on Sax/flute his partner Penny on vocals.Clive S the drummer was from Banbury, Clive E on bass from the Newcastle area.

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    1. Good times for some! John Hancock now teaches piano - take a look at his You Tube videos!

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  8. Thanks a lot for the lowdown on the band. Good to know there was one Dundee guy in the line-up anyway, Rite Tyme hailing from here.

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  9. The Historian31 March 2011 09:57

    Tiffs was rough that's for sure but personally I never had any problems here from customers or with the doormen. I suppose if you got in the doormen's way / radar it would have been different. I was happy to keep out their way. Thinking back, doormen were far rougher / harder back then. I suppose you had to be in a town like Dundee or anywhere for that matter. Now all doormen are vetted (i think)...

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  10. danny pettigrew27 May 2011 10:20

    fckn loved tiffs was there every night except sunday n monday cause it was closed lol danny pettigrew

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  11. used to go to tiffs on wednesdays,but the doormen spoilt a great time. most of them were thugs and thats putting it mildly.

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  12. I have to disagree with saying the doormen were thuge ,I can assure you that I worked there for 4 years and yes there was lot of fighting I went home quite a lot withe sore hands,head ect,If wasnt for us the place would have closed,We were far from being thugs it was the punters that caused all the the trouble i.e. futba dances were a nightmare as were 18 birtday dances aye good old days.

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  13. where is all the photos from tiffs remember the italian guy that used to take everybody fotaes

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  14. yer right I was working the nite Andy Gray got a doing, I stopped it but not in time for him to get a cut above his peeper and a black eye.He was playing the next day unlucky.

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  15. esEurovi tillisCirca 1971-72 Licensing Laws at that time meant that the bar closed at 10pm if I remember correctly but if you had a meal you got to drink later maybe til 11.30? So to get round this Tiffanys charged everyone for a meal so could stay open at weekends later. Chicken Supreme was amazing. During the week was always private functions so was open til 1.00am. Tickets were always (illegally) available at the door. Bouncers were more interested in pulling than fighting and rarely started a fight. Unless of course somebody was asking for it. When the bells went red jackets would appear from every direction. There were some rogues and some really good guys working there. You know who you are. Remember the Burgerhouse next door? Remember Peem Duff the Manager? Then Alan Farr then Derek McPhail. Monday night was always Ladies Night as that was when the airmen came in from Scone. Remember the 106 Club?

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