The Club History 


The roots of the club itself go way back to 1949 when the club was built and named as the Bay Country Club pictured here on the right. 
Upstairs was a private members club, whilst the ground floor was used for dances, boxing and even skating. 


The club was purchased by Stan Barrett in 1970 and by 1972 it was given the new name of the Gold Mine....and from now on it was going to be a night club. 


Later this year Stan (the owner) and the then (manager) Kenny Faulkner get a new jockey on board, that disc jockey was the one and only, your's truly Chris Hill or "Hilly" as he's more popular known as. 
Monday and Thursday nights were known as the "soul special" nights where only the serious and devoted music lovers of soul, jazz & funk came to in order to get their fix. 
This was a pivotal moment in time in the uk's music scene, clubbers started to flock in dancing to grooves the likes of many had never heard before.... a phenomenon had started. 


Chris Hill left playing at the Goldmine fully in 1976 to go to the Lacy Lady in Seven Kings but returned on Sundays, still to pack the house out with avid, devoted followers. 
Colin Hudd and Dr Bob Jones started to spin the decks amongst other up and coming DJ's who went on to sew the roots of soul music in a big way all over Essex and the UK. 


Hilly returns to the 'Mine in 1978 with a vengeance, this time on a Friday and Saturday nights, joining him on the decks was Jeff Young and between them they start to kick things of in a massive way, paving the way for what we now know as the "brit funk era". "Wiki article click here" 
Coach loads of soul parties were arriving from all over the country to experience a piece of the "funk action" that was being put down. Canvey Island was now firmly on the map as the jazz, funk and soul mecca of the UK. 
Many of the 'Mine's visitors went on to be musical stars in their own right such as: Light of the World, The Clash, Spandau Ballet, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Culture Club, Alison Moyet, Soul II Soul, Sade and Incognito to name just a few. 
If you played as a DJ at the Gold Mine or you know others that played there, please get in touch so we can add them to the history page 
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