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Dock Green Inn, Ashley Road

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Dock Green Inn, Ashley Road
c1976-81. View shows the Dock Green public house at the corner of Ashley Road (left) and Stanley Road (right), so called because the premises were formerly the local police station (Dixon of Dock Green was a 1960s TV police drama). Women-only discos organised by local lesbians were held at the Dock Green Inn, Harehills, throughout the 1980s. At their peak, they took place every other Wednesday from 8.30 to 11.00 p.m., alternating with similar nights at the Woodpecker Inn in Burmantofts. At the Dock Green, amateur DJs brought their own records to play on the pub’s sound system in a hired room on the first floor, with customers using a side entrance to bypass the main bar and go straight upstairs, where the staff were all female. Despite the segregation, the events saw no trouble; neither were they attended exclusively by lesbians, being popular with feminist groups and members of organisations such as the Miners’ Wives, whom lesbians had publicly supported. Link to full story with transcript on WYQS: https://wyqs.co.uk/stories/dungarees-and-docs/jo-full-interview

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