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The Time Tunnel Exhibition at the Bowes Lyon Centre, Stevenage 

Hertfordshire Music Service and Youth Connexions Hertfordshire have been awarded £7,300 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to work with a group of young people from the Bowes Lyon Centre to create an exhibition of photographs, newspaper articles, old posters and other memorabilia celebrating the rich musical history of the centre.  

During the 1960s and 1970s, the Bowes Lyon Centre was the largest youth centre in Europe. Bowes encouraged new talent including 999, John Mayall and the Blues Breakers, The Troggs, Caravan, Simon & Garfunkel, Status Quo and The Who. In the 1980s and 1990s The Bleach Boys, UK Decay, Bad Brains, Scum of Toytown (recently reformed to perform at Rhythms of the World 2011), Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls),The Cranberries and Johnny Cooper Clarke also performed there. Memorable promoters included Alternative Muzik and Thee Klub Wiv No Name,

The young people are requesting anyone who has a story about attending gigs at the Bowes Lyon Centre in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s or have any memorabilia:- tickets, photos, posters etc to contact Chris Strong on 01438 202806 or by email:

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