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Falkirk nightlife and the glory days of Doaks’ Ballroom

Doaks has been Oil Can Harrys, the Maniqui and Storm but for a whole generation it was and always will be simply, Doaks.

Doaks has been Oil Can Harrys, the Maniqui and Storm but for a whole generation it was and always will be simply, Doaks.

Ian Scott’s article on Falkirk pubs in last week’s Falkirk Herald brought memories back for William Kerr.

The 74-year-old from Larbert remembers fondly getting the bus from his home village for a night out in Falkirk in the 1950s.

William said: “Larbert had a good few pubs back then too, but for the dancing and the girls, we’d take the bus through to Falkirk most Friday and Saturday nights - providing the wages would stretch that far.

“We’d get off the bus and start at one end of the High Street and it would take hours to get to the other end. And they weren’t like pubs today, they were very dark and most would be men only, it was rare to find a woman in a pub then.

“If you were a single man you had to go to the dancing at Doaks’ to find a lassie - but you’d need to be very careful as you entered. If Mr Doaks thought you’d been drinking you’d not get in!”

 

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