Annabels reunion: Night of nostalgia to remember famous Sunderland nightclub

Annabels Nightclub dancers / fire eaters 16 October 2002 Photographer David Allan
Annabels Nightclub dancers / fire eaters 16 October 2002 Photographer David Allan
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A nightclub which spanned the decades –and fashions – on Wearside is being celebrated at a reunion.

Club Annabel first opened its doors in November 1968 and became a clubbing institution in the city before closing its doors more than ten years ago.

Annabels in 1982

Annabels in 1982

Though it originally opened in Walworth Way, it was relocated to High Street West in the late 80s as Annabels, where it became famed for its ‘70s nights and Christmas fancy dress parties.

Now former Annabels DJ Paul Davison is inviting revellers to reminisce at a reunion he’s hosting at Greens in Low Row.

Speaking about how the reunion came about, he said: “A guy set up a Facebook page about Annabels and lots of people were sharing photos and memories, talking about how they used to take cans along so they could get in to the fancy dress party.

“Then someone came up with the idea of having a reunion and a lot of people were interested, so I decided to put one on.”

Annabels Nightclub - tin food collection in January 1985

Annabels Nightclub - tin food collection in January 1985

It will feature DJ sets from former Annabels DJs including Paul, Colin Merritt and John Banwell.

Among the early visitors to Annabels were Jimmy Nail, Dave Stewart and Free guitarist Paul Kossoff – even Pink Floyd, The Who and David Bowie all enjoyed a drink at the club over the years.

Big-name musicians, such as Status Quo, Slade and Simon Dupree all performed there too, as did Desmond Dekker, The Foundations and Martin Stephenson and The Daintees.

Paul, who is manager at Greens, said: “Annabels was here for years so it appeals to a huge cross section of ages. People have memories from the 70s right through to the 90s.”

Annabels Nightclub advert  December 1988 old ref number 66914

Annabels Nightclub advert December 1988 old ref number 66914

l Annabels reunion takes place at Greens on January 13 from 8pm. Entry is free.