Legendary Falkirk dance hall to mark its 80th

Doaks has been Oil Can Harry's, the Maniqui and Storm but for a whole generation it was and always will be simply, Doaks.
Doaks has been Oil Can Harry's, the Maniqui and Storm but for a whole generation it was and always will be simply, Doaks.
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A nightclub will celebrate its 80th birthday this weekend with a special themed party on Saturday night.

Storm Nightclub was opened by Johnny Doaks in September 1933 as Doaks Dancing Academy, a dance school.

At that time, a 13-piece band would perform three times a week, on a Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Over the past 80 years, the club has remained in the same family, and is now run by Johnny’s grandson, David Johnston. The name has changed a few times over the years - to the Maniqui, then Oil Can Harry’s then back to the Maniqui before becoming Storm 10 years ago.

David said: “Generations of families have come here over the years. With every refurbishment, the dance floor has got smaller so we don’t have dance classes here anymore.”

Saturday night will see the club transported back to the 1980s for the night.

David added: “It was one of our DJs who said we should mark the occasion. We’re hoping people will get into the spirit and dress up as an 80s icon - like Kylie, Madonna or Adam Ant.”

Anyone in fancy dress will get free entry before midnight.