Big band, Rock 'n' Roll, wrestling - and TV shows!

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Brand-new book reveals the extraordinary history of Alderley Edge Festival Hall.

In the 1940s, big bands filled the dance-floor; in the 1950s, Skiffle and Rock 'n' Roll groups wowed local teenagers – and in the 1960s, wrestling and TV broadcasts attracted big audiences to what was then known as the Regal Ballroom, Alderley Edge. That's just some of Alderley Edge Festival Hall's colourful history covered by local author John Wallace's new book: 'Rock 'n' Roll, Wrestling, and a Chevrolet Bel Air - an unexpected history of Alderley Edge Festival Hall'.

"In its 90-year history, The Festival Hall has been a Music Festival venue, a cinema and a dance-hall" says John Wallace, "and as well as covering the hall's history, the book includes lots of newly discovered information about the village from the 1920s onwards – including the story of a world-famous film star who lived on Heyes Lane!"

The lavishly produced 10" x 10" hardback 150-page book is full of photos and illustrations, and is available direct from John Wallace at £14.95 (Tel: 07860 434271 / noffin@aol.com / www.johnwallacecopywriter.com). Or, for just £10, you can buy a copy from the author at a Retro Swing Dance at the Festival Hall, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge SK9 7HR on Friday the 20th October from 7pm to midnight.

Tickets are £17 from The Festival Hall: 01625 582150 (festivalhall@mail.com) http://aefestivalhall.com/see-events. You can also purchase tickets direct from: The Festival Hall, Travel By Design and Rainbow Balloons in Alderley Edge.

The evening includes vintage dance music from DJ Dapper Dan, live music from Rock 'n' Soul band Yes Sir, American diner-style food, and a fully licensed bar.

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