California ballroom

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Inside the California Ballroom, Dunstable, for a performance by The Searchers ("Needles and Pins"). Note the crowd on the balcony looking down on the stage. The ballroom was built in 1960 by Mr Edwin Green on land in front of the California Swimming Pool. For 20 years it hosted an amazing series of music acts, ranging from the Kenny Ball and Humphrey Lyttleton jazz bands to singers such as Kathy Kirby, Dusty Springfield and Tom Jones and rock groups such as (famously!) the Rolling Stones. In later years it concentrated on top soul acts who still return to Dunstable for popular CaliR reunions. The whole area of the ballroom and swimming pool off Whipsnade Road is now a housing estate.