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Do you remember going to these Oxford nightclubs?


Aug 2, 2022

Here we feature Oxford Mail archive photos of some of the city’s nightclubs, many of which are sadly no longer with us.

They include Scamps, Boodles, and the Studio nightclubs at the Westgate Centre, long before its major revamp in 2017.

It seems slightly odd that a shopping centre was chosen as a good location for a nightclub, but for decades a club there was a popular fixture.

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Starting out as Scamps in the early 1970s, it then became Boodles, and then the Studio.

DJs from across the Midlands gathered at Boodles to spin some tunes in March 1983.

The club hosted nine top DJs competing in the regional final of a national contest to find Britain's top nightclub DJ.

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Each had a 10-minute slot in which to display their skills in front of a panel of judges including the Oxford Mail's Terry Page and Radio Oxford presenter Phil Rapps.

The man who was finally voted 'king of boogie banter' was Franklyn Hughes, a DJ at Donovan's nightclub in Long Eaton, near Nottingham.

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In second place was Dave Mundy, from Cinderella Rockefellers in Guildford.

Boodles' own resident DJ, Greg Parrott, restored some local pride by coming third.

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Other nightclubs which are missed include Downtown Manhattan in George Street and The Coven at Oxpens.

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This story was written by Andy Ffrench, he joined the team more than 20 years ago and now covers community news across Oxfordshire.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Andy.ffrench@newsquest.co.uk

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