Oh what a night! Tiffanys Reunion attracts 1,400 clubbers

Tiffanys Reunion

Tiffanys Reunion - Credit: Archant

It was billed as a reunion with organisers hoping to rekindle the disco days of the 1970s and 1980s when it was the biggest night out on the east coast.

Tiffanys Reunion, Costa Mantilaris and Dave Starbuck

Tiffanys Reunion, Costa Mantilaris and Dave Starbuck - Credit: Archant

And at the weekend the former Tiffany's in Great Yarmouth opened its doors to generations of clubbers ranging in age from 35 to the 70s.

More than 1,400 danced Saturday night away and under the flashing lights met up with old school friends and clubbers they hadn't seen in years. Some even travelled from London, Norwich, Cambridge and Ipswich to recapture their youthful memories on the dance floor.

Tiffany's Reunion was the first big event for new owners Costa and Karen Mantilaris who moved from London in September to take over the complex, pledging to give it a £500,000 makeover.

However, the main organiser was Dave Starbuck, who had DJd at the club – as well as working as promotions manager and later general manager –- in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He said: 'Overall it was tremendous. The whole seafront was busy, from the pubs to the kebab shops; and the cabbies reported a good trade – just like the old days. So it wasn't just a night at Tiffany's it set the buzz.

'Despite the fact there were so many people there everything was very fiendly and no-one felt threatened,'

Dave revealed: 'There were people of a certain age there, from 35 years to the 70s, there were people with walking sticks and walking frames and everyone was well turned out and having a great time.'

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And people reported back they saw old friends reliving the good old days when Tiffany's was the place to be seen on a Saturday night.

Dave added: 'Initially we thought it would attract 200 to 400 people, but as I began to deliver tickets before Christmas it became clear there was a buzz on the doorstep and it was going to be bigger than we thought!'

It wasn't all positive though, with complaints about long queues at the bars hitting the social media sites. However, plans are being put in place by Costa Mantilaris for a new bar to be built, more staff and training, as well an increased drinks stock – all ready for the next Tiffany's special on July 23, and with chart toppers The Real Thing on the bill.

NEXT WEEK in the Great Yarmouth Mercury, were you there? Pictures supplement special to mark the Reunion.