Russ Winstanley was keen on Soul music. Realising that a venue was needed to get all those Soul dance ‘orphans’ who were without a venue, to have one after the Twisted Wheel closed and the Torch in the Midlands was far away: he offered to DJay at Wigan Casino dance hall. That’s how it all began in 1973.
A legend was begun that continues to this day and long after the closure of the Casino. Northern Soul as it is known today actually began at The Twisted Wheel in Manchester.
Russ issued a great introduction to Northern Soul and contained many Wigan Casino soul classics:
From an Amazon reviewer: THE WIGAN CASINO STORY – Northern soul to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. From the floor-shaking opening track to the classic close of the ‘Three Before Eight’, this is a CD to bring the memories flooding back. And this compilation contains THE FLASHER, many Soulies reckon the CD is worth it for this instrumental track alone!