The demolition of the old Excel Bowling Alley and Locarno in Newcastle Road. Remember this?
The demolition of the old Excel Bowling Alley and Locarno in Newcastle Road. Remember this?

15 pictures from the day this Sunderland nightclub and bowling alley bit the dust - did you remember it as the Locarno, Mayfair Suite or Genevieve's?

It is eight years since a famous Sunderland building was demolished – but behind its story lies decades of memories.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 8:54 am

Back in 2012, the bulldozers brought an end to the Excel Bowling Alley and Locarno – the nightclub where top bands such as Free, The Who, Led Zeppelin and the Faces all performed.

We have 15 scenes to remind you of the building which was also known as the Palace nightspot and the Mecca.

Take a look and tell us more.

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