1. The Burnt Oak Bingo Hall. This tweet sums up the sad fate. It seems that Bingo is no longer considered a good night out. For sale for rredevelopment.
2. Another form of entertainment venue that has disappeared from the Borough is Football stadiums. Underhill and Hendon were both iconic grounds for the local fans. Many stories unfolded. Now they are gone as part of a free school site and a residential development.FOR SALE/TO LET— TELSAR LTD (@TELSARLTD) June 9, 2016
FORMER BINGO HALL
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1 Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware HA8 pic.twitter.com/njI6WATbcn
@mccann2507 @HendonFC @HFC_Guv all are available for selection today #waitingforthecall pic.twitter.com/0781xhQqvo— Rob Fraser (@rabster67) October 14, 2017
3. Then there was the "Irish scene", with it's spiritual home at The Galtymore
Ever dance the nite away at the Galtymore?? Tickets for our Reunion Nite on Fri 4th Aug go on sale nxt month! #irish #dance #cricklewood pic.twitter.com/uBPQNsEGkH— Deebert House Hotel (@DeebertHseHotel) May 9, 2017
4. Then we had the "cheesy disco". For those of us in Edgware/Burnt Oak and Mill Hill, this was exemplified by Jingles, behind the White Lion. Although technically in The Borough of Harrow, this was very much part of the London Borough of Barnet nighttime scene. Sadly I couldn't find a picture of this.
5. For the pub rock bretheren, we had the much missed (and much mentioned here) Torrington in Finchley. This was the iconic venue. I personally saw the likes of Steve Marriott and Dr John. Now a Starbucks and a Barber
6. Then there were the open air swimming pools. My local one was Mill Hill. The centre of teenage activity. Sadly council's decided in around 1980 that teenagers were not in need of places to meet and have fun. Now Etz Chaim Free School
|Mill Hill Swimming Pool
7. The next one I don't really remember. Everyone knows Brent Cross Shopping centre. Not quite so many recall that it was Hendon Dog Racing track. Before my time but in it's day a massive centre of entertaiment.
|Hendon Dog Track
8. Another popular feature locally was the Pitch and Put golf at Mill Hill Park. Now a "nature reserve" with a tiny "crazy golf" course next to it. Whilst Crazy golf is fun, the pitch and put was a place where you could actually hone golf skills.
9. Then we have the High Street cinama's, such as the Gaumont in Finchley, replaced by The Arts Depot. At the time, cinema's were deemed in terminal decline. Happily the cinema trade has turned the corner. The Everyman in Barnet is a great example of how High St Cinemas reinvented themselves.
What an absolutely tragic loss to North Finchley! The beautiful Gaumont cinema. pic.twitter.com/58bZNlIqPS— Ian Dunn (@iandunndesign) October 9, 2015
10. We finish with the Hippodrome. It was a fantastic venue. I deplore the Islamaphobic campaign against the plans to transform it into a Mosque, however, I do believe that the Borough should have retained this as an iconic venue. As it has been a church for the last ten years, sadly that horse bolted long ago.
|Golders Green Hippodrome
Have a great weekend.