Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Last Push to Unearth Reno

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Last Push to Unearth Reno

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CAMPAIGNERS are making a final push to land a prestigious award for a heritage project celebrating a famous Moss Side soul and funk club which became a sanctuary against racism.

The Reno, a basement nightclub which played rare records imported from America, opened in 1962 and was initially used as a Salvation Army hostel for African seamen.

It became a sanctuary from racism for 1950s-born mixed heritage people in the 1970s when they weren't welcome anywhere else.

Muhammad Ali is said to have gone there. Tony Wilson supposedly had his stag party there. Even Bob Marley is rumoured to have visited.

It closed and the plot where it stood at the corner of Moss Lane East and Princess Road was grassed over.

But memories lingered and one of its patrons, playwright Linda Brogan, began a campaign. …

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