Photo gallery: final fling for Sheringham’s Teen and 20 Club - what are your memories?

For decades, it was the place to go on a Friday evening for young people in Sheringham.

At the end of a school or college week, they would dress to impress and head to the Teen and 20 Club to dance, socialise - and no doubt do other things that their parents would rather not know about.

Tomorrow, for one night only, there will a chance to sample the sights and sounds of the popular event as it is revived for one last time - days before the building that was its home is flattened to make way for Tesco.

What is now called Sheringham Community Centre is on borrowed time as the bulldozers get ready to move in.

But a group of former Teen and 20-ers are determined to give the building a rousing send off by making its walls resound once more to the sounds of the 1980s and 1990s.


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Helen Jewers, a former clubgoer who is part of the team organising tomorrow's special event, said it came about through colleagues at the town's Ladybird Pre-school Nursery - which also began at the centre before moving to its own home.

'Several of the members who are true Sheringham girls and used to go there. Someone said 'wouldn't it be nice to have a grown-up disco?' It looks like we will be the last people in there.

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'It's sad that it is going because, although it's not the prettiest of buildings, there are so many memories. Upstairs hasn't changed in the slightest,' said Mrs Jewers (formerly Cutler).

Lynda Holmes remembers the building when it opened - replacing a former club base on Suffolk Road.

'It was angular and modern - a great place to be with friends. It will be poignant rather than sad when it goes. It will be the end of an era,'

Lesley Parker (previously Dennis) recalled the building as a teenage in the 1970s when it hosted bands on a Friday night and was 'the place to go' before returning as a youth worker later.

Mac McGinn, who ran the Teen and 20 Club from 1969 to 1989, said he was 'sorry' that it was being knocked down.

But he was 'delighted' that Tesco was honouring its commitment to build a replacement community centre on Holway Road. The centre is almost finished, and demolition of the old building cannot take place until it is completed.

At the special farewell event, which starts at 7pm, 'subs' are �5 each, while there will be a tuck shop stocked with retro sweets, and games including space hopper races. Revellers can bring their own drink.

The music will be provided by a familiar DJ from the Teen and 20 days, Alfie Cox.

All money raised will go to Ladybird Pre-School Playgroup.

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