The 20th Birthday Celebrations - Stephen and Jimmy's Party - 29th May 1988
Stephen Knox and Jimmy Tagoe created the last of the three parties.
12pm - 2pm Pat Rodaway : guitar and song - in the Gallery. Pat Rodaway had been coming to the Blackie since he was a young lad. He performed on the gallery stage but currently we do not have any photos of this.
2pm Tommy Jones : Goyararu Karate - in the basement
Above Martial Arts in the basement
This was an event where people could either watch or take part.
12pm Da Bei Feng : Kites from the roof
Da Bei Feng worked at the Blackie for just over 2 years, at that stage he was called Ed George. He then changed his name and took up a range of Chinese arts including kite making. He died in ? . For this event we flew his kites from the Blackie roof. Below are two examples of the kites flown.
12- 5 John Littlewood (British Chess Master) in the Gallery
An unlikely event for the Blackie but a very successful afternoon. John Littlewood played against some 8 tables simultaneously. He also brought a couple of players from his Chess Club who helped the less experience players.
Above the Chess Tournament in operation.
Once someone had played someone else took their place so there was a constant change of players. The players ranged from young adults to kids. We do not have a record of how many people took part.
Above John Littlewood playing some of the younger contestants.
5pm Dave Rickus - Fireworks
This was a Triplicate Firework Presentation set off by Dave Rickus, a founder member of Triplicate and an ex Blackie worker.
We do not have photos of this.
8pm The Last Poets with Musicians
The Last Poets (Jalal Mansur Nurridin and Suliman El Hadi) made their second visit to the Blackie during the 20th Birthday Celebrations when, as part of Stephen Knox's & Jimmy Tagoe's Party, they performed in concert backed by local musicians Lloyd Massett (guitar) and Stuart Kershaw (drums). . To read about the first visit click here
The event took place in the studio in the basement. It was introduced by Stephen Knox and J.J.Williams (not sure where Jimmy Tagoe was).
Above the audience in place,
Right Stephen Knox and J.J.Williams introducing the concert.
Below photos of the concert
If you want to see further photos of the event click here
11pm-2am Radio Doom Disco with Ramon Serrano
The disco took place in the studio and of course was led by Dave Kay who ran Radio Doom. Radio Doom had been an essential part of the Blackie - they had over the years run a weekly soul disco for the young people of Liverpool 8, provided sound systems for shows, radio stations during play schemes and taught young people the skills of DJ-ing including Ramon Serrano.
Above Dave Kay and Dave Kay with Ramon Serrano, below Dave Kay working the desks with Ramon grooving in the background
The Studio was set up with the DJs at one end of the room, seating round the outside of the room and the centre left clear for dancing.
Above people seated on both sides of the room and below dancing