1960's

 As we noted on the introduction page Stourport Civic Centre was the brainchild of the former Stourport Urban District Council and was the result of many years of planning and hard work to bring the project to fruition. .

From the turf-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the project on 27th October 1964, the Civic Centre took a little over 18 months to complete, at a total cost of £198,810. The location of the complex was inspired as it was situated slightly out of the town centre, but still in suitable reach for residents. The 60's architecture of the Civic didn't distract from the beautiful Georgian town that Stourport still is. 


We are still collecting information on this decade. We will try and get as full a record as possible. If you know of any events or have any photos you would be willing to share please get in touch. We would love to have as much history about the venue as possible on these pages.


1966

Photos taken from the official opening





1968

Cats Eyes were a band who performed all over the country, with some of the biggest bands, appearing on The Golden Shot and working alongside the top DJ's of the day. They released 12 singles between 1968 and 1972. 

this story appears on the BrumBeat website:

"On another occasion of the live 'Radio 1 Club' at the Civic Centre in Stourport on Severn when Noel Edmunds was DJ, the BBC's PA system packed up in the hall just before we went live. This meant the audience in the Civic Centre could not hear what was being broadcast. Panic ensued until Cats Eyes came to the rescue and we hastily assembled our PA system and amplifier so they were able to use it to get through the show. We received a nice letter from Mike Ford (Producer) thanking us for saving the day".


February 10th: Psychedelic rock group, Bachdenkel - once described by Rolling Stone Magazine as "Britain's greatest unknown group", played at The Civic. Often known for supporting Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath.

June 28th: Musical Ensemble Brian Auger and The Trinity along with Julie Driscoll performed at The Civic. They had just reached number 5 in the UK singles chart with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Wheels on Fire".

1967

On the 6th September 1967 an up and coming band from the black country called the N'Betweens gigged at The Civic. Just over a year later that band signed a record deal and changed their name to SLADE.




1969