Sandbaggers charity night 2013 at St Teresa’s club Southport

ots-sandbaggers charity night st treasas southport ots onthespot ots

Last year I bumped into some old friends in Southport that I hadn’t seen since the early 1980’s. We were bemoaning the fact that there is nowhere for us to dance to the kind of music we used to like, and so an idea was sparked – to create one night when we could gather together and dance to the punk and alternative music of the late 70’s/early 80’s.

In March this year  Mark Gregson, a Sandbaggers regular known to many from his days at the Houghton pub, got together with original Sandbaggers DJ, Martin Fox,  and a plan was born.

On 14th June, 2013 Sandbaggers Redux will take place in St Teresa’s club. A night of Punk, Bowie, New wave and Alternative sounds – to bring people from across the north-west and further, to recreate the passion, and ignite memories,  of those glory days.

We have created a Sandbaggers Alternative Night  Facebook  group which has grown in a week to over 100 members, and people are re-connecting and discovering friends and faces for the first time in 30 years.  All are welcome on the night, it’s not a re-union, but a rebirth of a time and a spirit – 1981- 83 saw Sandbaggers at its peak, with clubbers travelling from all over the North-West to dance to the best in alternative music and live local bands.

In March, our good friend Mike Garrigan, who had been at Southport Art College in the early 80’s, died from cancer (he later married and became Michael Tennet).  Michael was one of Sandbaggers’ most vivid and memorable characters, so to toast his memory we decided to donate part of any proceeds to his charity of choice – the Macmillan nurses. Macmillan nurses eased Michael through the worst of times, along with his family, and he wanted them to be acknowledged for the amazing work they do. Sandbaggers Redux will donate £1 from every ticket sold to the charity.

Sandbaggers Redux is at St Teresa’s Club on Upper Aughton Road in Birkdale on 14th June, from 8:30 till 12:30. Entry is £5 on the door  (with £1 to the Macmillan Cancer Charity) and DJ Martin Fox will be spinning sounds from the late 70’s alternative punk scene to 80’s synth and new wave.


Facebook group: [email protected]

Twitter: [email protected]_R

ots-sandbaggers charity 1 night st treasas southport ots onthespot ots

Submit News  

Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137   Email [email protected]   Twitter

Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News.

If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience.

Onthespot – your online reporter Do you have a story to tell?

Call OTS   Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected]   Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter



OTS News