IT IS not the most pleasant name for a pub – the Coffin Bar – but for many east end drinkers in the 40s and 50s, this Whitevale Street venue (also called the New Coffin) was a favourite haunt.

Times Past reader Jim Brown has got in touch, however, to ask if anyone remembers the Dennistoun pub was also a dance hall?

“My parents reminisced about dancing at The Coffin on Whitevale Street in Dennistoun in the 40s,” he says.

“I have also heard other relatives mention this as a popular dance hall and judging by the time frame The Coffin must have been a dance venue as far back as the early 1930s.”

He wonders: “So it seems that in addition to being a popular public house The Coffin apparently had a dance hall.

Ultravox with Midge Ure (second from left).

Ultravox with Midge Ure (second from left).

“Perhaps others whose families lived in the area may have heard of it as a place where their parents or grandparents enjoyed their dancing days?”

Can anyone shed any light on this? Did the well-kent east end pub also have room for dancing?

We ran a feature about Charles Donaldson recently, proprietor of the New Coffin Bar in the 1920s, which at the time was apparently a mecca for boxers and wrestlers with early 1900s heavyweight champion Jack Johnson said to have been amongst the visitors.

Tony Gee, a well-known prize ring historian and author is trying to track down information about Donaldson.

Get in touch with Times Past if you know any more about the pub, or Donaldson.

Talking of long lost pubs, who remembers Bell’s Bar on St George’s Road?

Maisie Malcolm was described as “the personality girl behind the lounge bar” by the Evening Times when a reporter visited the newly-renovated pub in December 1960.

The lounge featured a fish tank populated by angel fish; the downstairs public bar had a “men only” area, with stools arranged around the bar. A three-course meal could be served, for three shillings and threepence and the whiskies on offer included Lang’s Old Scotch Whisky and Crawford’s.

Marie Martin was delighted by recent stories on legendary music venue the Apollo, although she recalls being much more fond of the disco in the same building.

Tiger Tim Stevens, who DJed at Clouds

Tiger Tim Stevens, who DJed at Clouds

“As a teenager in the 70s, my friends and I loved going to Clouds, which was in the same building but its entrance was round the corner on Renfrew Street,” she says. “It was also close to the blue bus terminus for Drumchapel - which was very handy for us. We loved going to Clouds at the weekend, it had a great atmosphere and great music to dance to.”

Marie laughs: “We would leave just before 10pm to catch our bus for Drumchapel to be home before our 11pm deadline. It was over-18s only, but because it wasn’t licensed, the bouncers were not as strict as they were in other city centre discos.”

Marie adds: “Tiger Tim was the resident DJ and the band Salvation (later Slik, of which Midge Ure was a member) often played there. I remember how ecstatic we all were when they played at our fifth and sixth year’s Christmas school dance one year.”

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Do you remember Clouds? Did you spend your weekends dancing to Salvation and tunes spun by Tiger Tim Stevens? Get in touch to share your memories.

Don McDonald, who is now living in Toronto, recalls his home turf of Govanhill being a dry area in the 50s.

“If you wanted a pint you had to go to Polmadie, or up Allison Street, until the 60s when The Penny Farthing opened on Cathcart Road,” he explains. “It was said, as there were quite a few pubs in Glasgow, that if you took a thimble full of beer in the first pub on Crown Street and doubled it at every bar, you would never get to Glasgow Cross….”