- Sheila McFarlane wrote in to ask:
As an ex Durbanite, having being entertained at the Riviera, Cookie Look and even by John Drake’s band on the Berea, I was wondering if you have anything on the syncronised swimming show I was involved in at the Beach baths. It was all about the Robert E Lee/MiMississippi and we even swam to Yellow Polka Dot bikini, with costumes to match. What fun. I would love to revisit that part of my life. So hoping you can help me out
Thank you and regards
Sheila McFarlane (nee Paton)
- Donald Davies wrote in to ask if anyone has info on the history of the Playhouse/ Loft Theatre.
- Steven Wakeling wrote in with some a question or two
I have been reading up all the memorable places of entertainment in your Facts About Durban during the 60’s,and boy, did they bring back memories!
One club not mentioned was The Switch in Berea Road during the later 60’s.Does anyone remember this? I had a friend,Charmaine who worked there as a barmaid during 1969 and who lived near Addington Hospital but I lost contact when I went to the army. Can anybody help?
The Norwegian Hall opposite the Los Angeles was another popular venue during the mid 60’s where Howard Carpendale and the Strangers,and The Deans played regularly.
Thanks for all these pleasant memories,
In a later e-mail he cast some more light on the location of the Switch. He wrote:
I have been trying to remember its exact whereabouts in Berea Road. Buildings have come down and been replaced over the years, but the fog has cleared a little, and I seem to remember it being at the Savoy Hotel, upstairs, but little else.Is this correct?
Please let’s hear more about this place from regulars that frequented the place.