A historic venue is calling on Aberdonians to swing back in time to celebrate its 90th birthday.
The Beach Ballroom is marking the milestone anniversary next month by inviting people to take part in a special event.
Harking back to the roaring twenties, the Eliot Murray Big Band will provide a night of entertainment and nostalgia for the venue’s anniversary on May 3. Eliot was the musical director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Big Band for seven years.
People will get to dance the night away to music spanning the past nine decades. Music from artists like Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, through to Stevie Wonder and Bruno Mars will be played during the evening.
As part of the celebrations, the venue is also hosting an open day on May 6.
Guests will have a chance to walk around the ballroom and look at its rare archives.
The ballroom was officially opened on May 3 1929 with a masked ball and a carnival.
It was built at the cost of £40,000 as part of a beach improvement scheme by Aberdeen Town Council to encourage visitors into the area.
Its art deco design, octagonal shape and red-tiled roof make it a prominent feature on the beachfront.
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In its first few years, the ballroom hosted bandleader, broadcaster and drummer George Elrick. It was a popular spot for young people in the north-east throughout the 1930s, until the outbreak of the Second World War.
The building was used by military servicemen who slept on make-shift beds while away from home.
The British Admiralty Board commandeered the Beach Ballroom.
A heavy anti-aircraft battery was installed on the esplanade next to the venue in the early years of the war.
The iconic venue survived the harrowing blitz in Aberdeen, but was ravaged by fire in 1993.
Over the years the venue has hosted famous artists including the Beatles, the Who, Status Quo and Pink Floyd. Big names like Cyril Stapleton, Joe Loss and Victor Silvester also brought their orchestras to the Granite City.
The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said: “The Beach Ballroom means so much to so many people.
“Over the decades the Beach Ballroom has hosted an ever-widening range of events and functions from corporate dinner dances, royal visits, dance competitions, and wrestling to pop concerts, fashion shows, afternoon teas and even mixed martial arts championships.
“This year the Beach Ballroom is looking back on nine decades of music, ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
“Many fabulous memories have been made during the past 90 years and I would encourage people to come along to the open day on Monday May 6.”
To mark its 80th anniversary, Aberdeen City Council produced a book, Celebrating Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom: History and Memories 1929-2009, with first-hand accounts of the building’s functions after the war.
People who want to put on their dancing shoes to help mark the special milestone can do so from 7-11.30pm.
To find out more information about the ballroom’s anniversary visit: bit.ly/2IxHBsk