Newbridge Con Club, Jubilee Week 1977      © Dory Buck



Newbridge Memo 1977     © Dory Buck


The interior of the Memo cinema - a time capsule for many years; the seats were removed by a film company - see the next photograph. © TBA

Looking out from the Memo stage/screen into the auditorium. Those who could afford a ticket for 'upstairs' or the balcony, will note that the seats removed by a film company were all piled there; the few original seats on show 'downstairs' in front of the screen are shown free-standing. © TBA 

The amazing original dressing room at the Memo, with images and posters accrued over decades pasted and pinned to the wall. © TBA

The detailing on an Art Deco wall-panel in the Memo. © TBA

An 'H Edwards' stone bottle, found in the mid 1960s by Roger Reese, in the garden of a derelict cottage by the canal side, close to the present metal footbridge at the bottom of Pantside hill. Photograph courtesy of Roger Reese.



Many a person will remember spending an evening at the 'Double-D', having a few too many drinks, rounded off by riding a wild animal on the moors. Now long-closed, the remains of the Double-D stables reminds many of us of a long-lost youth hugging a horse with tiring thighs....... Photograph courtesy of Lisa Bevan and Kelvin Thorne.

You might wonder what 'the Fab Four' are doing on this site - if you look carefully in the bottom right-hand corner of this LP cover ('Please Please Me' - their first LP from early 1963) you'll see the name of the photographer, Angus McBean. Although not a Newbridge family, McBean's parents moved around Wales on a regular basis, due to his father's job as a mine surveyor, and Mrs McBean gave birth to young Angus during a stay in Newbridge in 1904. Angus's family soon moved on, and he later attended Monmouth School, followed by Newport Technical College (later Newport Art College, Clarence Place), where he developed an interest in photography.


He went on to become a 'celebrity photographer' of the old school, photographing many leading theatricals, such as Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor and Quentin Crisp. He also photographed Cliff Richard's first four album covers, and was commissioned by the Beatles' young manager Brian Epstein to photograph 'his boys' for their first album, photographed in the stairwell of the EMI offices at Manchester Square, London. A similar photograph from the same session was also used on the later retrospective double 'Best of/Red Album' (1962-66) and the pose was requested to be replicated by McBean for use on the cover of their projected next album, provisionally titled 'Get Back', but that album became 'Let It Be' and a different cover design was used; McBean's photograph was finally used for the retrospective double 'Best of/Blue Album' which covered the tracks from the Beatles' later career (1967-70), and showed the Beatles as they looked in 1969.

Angus McBean continued working well into old age, and fell ill while on holiday in Morocco - he returned to England and died in Ipswich shortly after, at the age of 86.