Relive great memories at the Strand Hotel Reunion

JUST LIKE OLD TIMES...Carl Montieth, Meningitis UK, Angela McKenna and Gavin Bates, Kelly's Operations Manager, pictured launching the Strand Hotel Reunion which will take place at Kelly's Portrush on Friday 8th April. CR7-246pl
JUST LIKE OLD TIMES...Carl Montieth, Meningitis UK, Angela McKenna and Gavin Bates, Kelly's Operations Manager, pictured launching the Strand Hotel Reunion which will take place at Kelly's Portrush on Friday 8th April. CR7-246pl

IF you’re of a certain age and drive down towards Portstewart beach, you’ll reach the site of the former Strand Hotel.

Memories of great nights may come flooding back: weddings, stag or hen nights, The Cellar Bar and maybe even old boyfriends or girlfriends.

In its heyday The Strand always had great bands like Cuddles, Fresh, Rascals, the T.P.Band and DJs greats such as Emperor Rosko, Kid Jenson, Tony Blackburn, Brian Moore, Barrie Owler, Bob Esler, Clement Dealey, Jimmy Shannon and Frankie McLaughlin among countless others.

On Friday, April 8 at Kelly’s in Portrush you’ll have the chance to relive all those fantastic memories at a Strand Hotel Reunion Night.

One of the highlights promises to be the reunion of local legends Cuddles.

Plug Torrens, Dominic Loughrey, Marine Fullerton, and Brian Bell will be playing together for the first time in many years, with Brian flying back home from Switzerland especially for the night.

The Strand DJs will also be strutting their stuff, with guest appearances by Brian Moore, Barrie Owler and Clement Dealey.

The organisers are also looking for photographic memorabilia associated with the Strand Hotel for a Powerpoint presentation during the evening.

So, if you have any photos taken at events at the Strand please contact Gerry McAleese at Kellys or Carl Monteith at the contact numbers below.

What’s sure to be a fantastic evening will kick off at 8.30pm. Admission is £10, ticket only and all proceeds are going to Meningitis UK.

Tickets are on sale only from the following outlets: Kellys, Portrush (02870823539); Couples, Coleraine (02870353184); Dempsey’s, Portstewart; (02870833446); Angela McKenna (02870823559); Carl Monteith (02827665092); Arrosto Cafe, Portrush (02870825396).