Current events

"The Spanish City"

Tues 8 October  7.00pm

After almost 90 years of providing pleasure to millions, Whitley Bay’s legendary Spanish City fairground closed in 2000. Its surviving buildings were left to decay for another two decades until they were rescued and reopened in 2019.

Mick Sharp’s  talk will concentrate on the earlier years of the Spanish City, describing its beginnings outside the North East of England, its reckless late-Victorian entrepreneur founder, its early development in Whitley Bay, and the creation of the famous revolutionary fairground entrance which has become known as the Spanish City Dome.

£3. Reserve your tickets by calling the Box office 0191 433 4699 Or buy online at

"Torah town"

Tues 12 November  7.00pm

Gateshead is a centre of Jewish orthodoxy. It all began in 1881 when Zachariah Bernstone left Newcastle for Gateshead after disagreeing with a meat slaughterer. This resulted in the gradual development  of a little Kehillah (Community) in the Teams / Redheugh area by Eliezer Adler. Trailblazing Eliezer, considered widely as the community’s founder, precipitated today’s world famous Torah (Bible studying) institutions of Gateshead. This is a repeat of a sell-out talk by Peter Bladon earlier this year.

£3 . Reserve your tickets by calling the Box Office   0191 433 4699 or buy online  at

"The Bensham Fab Four” – The Story of The Tru Tones"

Tues 10 December 7.00pm

64 years ago, 4 lads from the North of England came together and began to make music which would change the world forever. They were called The Beatles. Meanwhile, at exactly the same time, in Bensham, Gateshead, 4 completely different lads came together and began to make music which would see them on and off the stage, on and off the television and in and out of mischief for decades. They were called The Tru Tones and their story is told in a new book, “Upstairs on Fourth Street”, by local author Chris Tait, who was co-founder of the Newcastle United fanzine The Mag and deputy editor for over 25 years, Chris will explain how he began writing in the first place and how he came to write the story of “The Bensham Fab Four”. The Tru Tones themselves will also be on hand to answer questions and share their memories of half a century “doing the clubs”

£3. Reserve your tickets by calling the Box office 0191 433 4699 Or buy online at