A FILM will be made about the Kidderminster music venue Frank Freeman’s Dancing Club, which hosted the likes of Captain Beefheart and Fleetwood Mac in its heyday.
Leysfield House, a small and independent media production company based in Worcester, plans to make the 30-minute documentary with the help of Get Your Kicks on the A456 author John Coombe.
The film-makers are searching for anyone with special, funny or out-of-the-ordinary memories of the venue to get in touch and are particularly keen to trace Ninette Thraves, who could be the only living relative of the club’s founders.
Tania Field, creative director of Leysfield House, said: “There is a real need for this story to be told before it too late and people who remember the club during its prime have passed away.
“We are really keen for local people to contribute by coming forward with their own memories, as well as photos, and we are confident the tale will lend itself very well to a short film.”
The site of the former dancing venue is due to be demolished soon, which has further strengthened the documentary-makers' resolve to preserve its history on film.
Frank and Wynne Freeman set up the club in 1948, teaching ballroom dance classes from a church hall, before moving to the main building in 1956.
By the 1960s the club had diversified from dance classes and gained a reputation for its live music. John Peel and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant were regulars on the scene and the club hosted popular acts such as the rock band T Rex.
Mr Freeman died in 1991 but his wife continued to run the venue until it closed in 2003. She died in 2008.
Anyone with information, photos or old movie footage to share can contact Tania Field on 01905 28417 or firstname.lastname@example.org