Tributes to former Blackburn 'Cav' nightclub boss

TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular former Blackburn nightclub boss who has died aged 75.

The funeral of Sid Stewart, who ran the Cavendish Club and Red Parrot in Blackburn, takes place today.

Friends and family paid tribute to a ‘warm, sympathetic’ man who ‘brought the big time to Blackburn’.

Mr Stewart, who lived in Barrowford with his partner George Moss, had suffered from a heart condition for some years and passed away peacefully in his sleep.

Originally from County Durham, Mr Stewart, who lived with George in Darwen until moving eight years ago, also leaves behind a sister, Anne.

Mr Moss, who had been with Mr Stewart for 45 years, said: “Everything he did was very successful.

“He was the sort of fella that involved himself in the community.

“He was involved with Blackburn Lions and did fundraising for Calderstones.

“Right until his death he was also involved with the Blackburn branch of the Samaritans.

“He was warm and sympathetic and loved a good political argument.

“One of the eulogies written for the funeral says: ‘He was known to the people who knew him closely as the godfather as he was always there for everybody’.”

Mr Stewart came to Blackburn to run the newly-opened Cavendish Club for then the largest nightclub chain in Europe, the Bailey Organisation, which was based in the North East.

Mr Moss said: “It was a bit of a catch for the town as they didn’t have anything like it.

“He was the club’s first general manager and he never really left!”

After a brief hiatus in Oldham when the Cavendish was burned down in 1973, Mr Stewart returned as regional manager when it reopened as Romeo and Juliet’s the following year.

Along with Mr Moss, he took over the Red Parrot at the Sett End Inn, Shadsworth, and also the Yellow Submarine and neighbouring Boom Boom Room in Blackpool.

Friend and fellow former nightspot owner Margo Grimshaw said: “He was a big innovator and The Cav was the place to go in Blackburn.

“He put the Blackburn nightlife on the map. Before then we had nothing and he brought the big time to Blackburn.”

Mr Stewart’s funeral was due to take place today at St Anne’s Church in Fence from 10am, followed by interment at Barrowford Cemetery at 11.45am.

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2:01pm Sat 26 Apr 14

juanbbien says...

I remember Mr Stewart well he always had a friendly word with us when we used to go to the Cavendish in the late sixties,and on occasions asked us for some recommendations on what would be popular groups to book for the club,with myself being in a group and having seen a lot the bands of the time,always very pleasant towards you a nice man
I remember Mr Stewart well he always had a friendly word with us when we used to go to the Cavendish in the late sixties,and on occasions asked us for some recommendations on what would be popular groups to book for the club,with myself being in a group and having seen a lot the bands of the time,always very pleasant towards you a nice man juanbbien
  • Score: 13

3:44pm Sat 26 Apr 14

CorkyMac says...

R.I.P. Sid. I remember when I was a young boy In the 70's, he had a disco night for all the youngsters, which I think was on a Wed evening. Later In life I used to go to Romeo and Juliet's and on the odd occasion the Red Parrot. Also remember the Sunday afternoon strippers at the Sett End and the Rovers Return. The good old days when Blackburn was a town to be proud of, not like the run down mess It Is today. Thanks for the good memories Sid and heartfelt condolences to you George.
R.I.P. Sid. I remember when I was a young boy In the 70's, he had a disco night for all the youngsters, which I think was on a Wed evening. Later In life I used to go to Romeo and Juliet's and on the odd occasion the Red Parrot. Also remember the Sunday afternoon strippers at the Sett End and the Rovers Return. The good old days when Blackburn was a town to be proud of, not like the run down mess It Is today. Thanks for the good memories Sid and heartfelt condolences to you George. CorkyMac
  • Score: 36

3:53pm Sat 26 Apr 14

MarjePowell says...

Just back from the funeral in Barrowford. It was a great turn out with many, many friends and family of course saying goodbye to Sid and paying their tributes to one of the kindest people I have ever met. He will be sorely missed. It was great to reminisce about the good old "Cav" days and we were very lucky and honoured to be part of Sid & George's 'entourage'
R.I.P lovely, lovely man. xxx
Just back from the funeral in Barrowford. It was a great turn out with many, many friends and family of course saying goodbye to Sid and paying their tributes to one of the kindest people I have ever met. He will be sorely missed. It was great to reminisce about the good old "Cav" days and we were very lucky and honoured to be part of Sid & George's 'entourage' R.I.P lovely, lovely man. xxx MarjePowell
  • Score: 23

5:48pm Sat 26 Apr 14

woolywords says...

Sid,
I never knew it was you but, we, a busload of us, used to travel to Blackburn for the do's that you put on.
Blackburn was then, a place to go, after they closed the other places, like Twisted Wheel at Manchester, Torch at Stoke, Wigan Casino... and the many others.
The people of Blackburn really do not know, how legend that you are, in those from outside of this area. If not by name, but just as CAV, Blackburn.
I count myself as being privileged, to have shared what you gifted to us and the abiding memories that name evokes now.
Let's all hope, that you gain the job of sorting out that wing-flapping and harp-playing of Heaven, for when we get there...
As it needs a man, just like you.
Sid, I never knew it was you but, we, a busload of us, used to travel to Blackburn for the do's that you put on. Blackburn was then, a place to go, after they closed the other places, like Twisted Wheel at Manchester, Torch at Stoke, Wigan Casino... and the many others. The people of Blackburn really do not know, how legend that you are, in those from outside of this area. If not by name, but just as CAV, Blackburn. I count myself as being privileged, to have shared what you gifted to us and the abiding memories that name evokes now. Let's all hope, that you gain the job of sorting out that wing-flapping and harp-playing of Heaven, for when we get there... As it needs a man, just like you. woolywords
  • Score: 20

5:50pm Sat 26 Apr 14

woolywords says...

Am almost sure that, if pressed, Margo will admit that, C'est la Vie, was nearly named after Sid's place.
Am almost sure that, if pressed, Margo will admit that, C'est la Vie, was nearly named after Sid's place. woolywords
  • Score: 5

6:26pm Sat 26 Apr 14

drunken donut says...

R.I.P. Sid, many a good night at the Cav, top bloke.
R.I.P. Sid, many a good night at the Cav, top bloke. drunken donut
  • Score: 16

6:59pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Twiggy Sue says...

I also have just got back from attending Sid's funeral. It is a very sad day, but a beautiful service, meeting up with friends from far and near that haven't seen each other for 40yrs, a few of us that worked for Sid at The Cav and also Romeo and Juliets in Oldham. I have know Sid and George for 46yrs, and friends like that if your lucky only come along once in a life time. I will miss him, he will be in my heart always. R.I.P. Sid you will be the brightest star in the sky. Love now and forever Twiggy.
I also have just got back from attending Sid's funeral. It is a very sad day, but a beautiful service, meeting up with friends from far and near that haven't seen each other for 40yrs, a few of us that worked for Sid at The Cav and also Romeo and Juliets in Oldham. I have know Sid and George for 46yrs, and friends like that if your lucky only come along once in a life time. I will miss him, he will be in my heart always. R.I.P. Sid you will be the brightest star in the sky. Love now and forever Twiggy. Twiggy Sue
  • Score: 18

10:29pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Para Handy says...

Sid was a true kind and caring gentleman. I frequented the Cavendish, and The Red Parrot but did not know him then. Over the last 9yrs we've shared many stories and laughter, and I can honestly say I have been honoured to have known him. R.I.P. Sid. Thinking of George and Sid's family at this sad time, and all who loved him.
Sid was a true kind and caring gentleman. I frequented the Cavendish, and The Red Parrot but did not know him then. Over the last 9yrs we've shared many stories and laughter, and I can honestly say I have been honoured to have known him. R.I.P. Sid. Thinking of George and Sid's family at this sad time, and all who loved him. Para Handy
  • Score: 16

11:44pm Sat 26 Apr 14

thoroughbred says...

Will always remember Sid as the most gentle, caring 'boss' ever R.I.P lovely man, my thoughts go to the lovely George at this sad time, bless you xx
Will always remember Sid as the most gentle, caring 'boss' ever R.I.P lovely man, my thoughts go to the lovely George at this sad time, bless you xx thoroughbred
  • Score: 13

12:24pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Tim Brennan says...

So sad to hear that Sid has passed away, we only just got to know through the article in the Telegraph, otherwise we would have atttended the funeral. We both worked for Sid at the old Cav in late 60s & 70. He was a great guy with a wonderful mischeavous sense of humour, and an exellent boss to have worked for! Proud to have known him, such an lnspirational man! R.I.P. Sid. Our condolences to George and family! With fondest respect, Tim & Heather.
So sad to hear that Sid has passed away, we only just got to know through the article in the Telegraph, otherwise we would have atttended the funeral. We both worked for Sid at the old Cav in late 60s & 70. He was a great guy with a wonderful mischeavous sense of humour, and an exellent boss to have worked for! Proud to have known him, such an lnspirational man! R.I.P. Sid. Our condolences to George and family! With fondest respect, Tim & Heather. Tim Brennan
  • Score: 11

8:41pm Sun 27 Apr 14

PhilOrmerod says...

R.I.P. Sid
I have many great memories of working for you and George at the Cav as a waiter in the old Cav before the fire and behind the bar in the new one.
Phil Ormerod
R.I.P. Sid I have many great memories of working for you and George at the Cav as a waiter in the old Cav before the fire and behind the bar in the new one. Phil Ormerod PhilOrmerod
  • Score: 6

9:14pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Darrens Delivery Service says...

I worked there for a while in the seventies as a waiter, and then progressed to helping out with the stage lighting when big acts in those times were on. New seekers, showaddywaddy, clio lane and johnny dankworth etc...god that makes me feel old...l.o.l.

always found Sid a nice and easy to talk to guy.

great staff as well.

sat with fredie starr at the bar for a while one night... bloody crazy that guy..

wonder what happened to a fantastic girl who worked there at the same time called blodwynn...


R.I.P. SID.
I worked there for a while in the seventies as a waiter, and then progressed to helping out with the stage lighting when big acts in those times were on. New seekers, showaddywaddy, clio lane and johnny dankworth etc...god that makes me feel old...l.o.l. always found Sid a nice and easy to talk to guy. great staff as well. sat with fredie starr at the bar for a while one night... bloody crazy that guy.. wonder what happened to a fantastic girl who worked there at the same time called blodwynn... R.I.P. SID. Darrens Delivery Service
  • Score: 7

10:05pm Sun 27 Apr 14

peely says...

Many thanks Sid for all those great nights at the Cav ! Happy happy days with wonderful memories !
Many thanks Sid for all those great nights at the Cav ! Happy happy days with wonderful memories ! peely
  • Score: 8

3:28pm Mon 28 Apr 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

R.I.P My Old Boss
R.I.P My Old Boss ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 4

9:35pm Mon 28 Apr 14

carmelfinn1@yahoo.co.uk says...

A sad farewell to my dear friend and collegue Sid. Sincere and heartfelt sympathy to dear George and the family. My heart goes out to George and I know that time will ease the pain and sorrow.
I have known Sid and George since the beginning of the Cavandish days
and remember Mr Stewart as we called him back then had this air about him that commanded respect, When he entered the room you could see how he liked to be at the helm steering his magnificent well run ship by the crew who respected him. One evening I was summoned to the office and i was shaking in my shoes, it was like the days at school when the Mother Superior wanted to see me in the main room. Sid put me at ease and told me he wanted to praise me for my hard work and said thank you to me. When there was problem stirring Sid always keep cool and calm and had the ability to defuse most situation with flair. it was a pleasure to work with Sid and become friends. Many years after the Cav I joined the Samarathans and was delighted to meet up with Sid again. I saw a different side to him. Although he was always approachable, helpful, kind and loyal he was in a different role here, and so was I, We became very good friends and I had to work hard to call him Sid instead of Mr Stewart,. that command of respect was still with him. Sid always offered a shoulder to cry on and I took advantage of that as well as many others. i can remember his dry wit and mischievous grin and warm smile, Sid had many good friends and he had a knack of making each on feel special. A wonderful friend and gentleman.
SID; YOUR MEMORIES WILL LINGER., YOUR SMILE THAT CARED, .YOUR LISTENING EAR. YOUR GOODNESS SHARED. My heart will ever hold you. Rest In Peace dear friend You will never be forgotton but sadly missed. .Carmel.Finn
A sad farewell to my dear friend and collegue Sid. Sincere and heartfelt sympathy to dear George and the family. My heart goes out to George and I know that time will ease the pain and sorrow. I have known Sid and George since the beginning of the Cavandish days and remember Mr Stewart as we called him back then had this air about him that commanded respect, When he entered the room you could see how he liked to be at the helm steering his magnificent well run ship by the crew who respected him. One evening I was summoned to the office and i was shaking in my shoes, it was like the days at school when the Mother Superior wanted to see me in the main room. Sid put me at ease and told me he wanted to praise me for my hard work and said thank you to me. When there was problem stirring Sid always keep cool and calm and had the ability to defuse most situation with flair. it was a pleasure to work with Sid and become friends. Many years after the Cav I joined the Samarathans and was delighted to meet up with Sid again. I saw a different side to him. Although he was always approachable, helpful, kind and loyal he was in a different role here, and so was I, We became very good friends and I had to work hard to call him Sid instead of Mr Stewart,. that command of respect was still with him. Sid always offered a shoulder to cry on and I took advantage of that as well as many others. i can remember his dry wit and mischievous grin and warm smile, Sid had many good friends and he had a knack of making each on feel special. A wonderful friend and gentleman. SID; YOUR MEMORIES WILL LINGER., YOUR SMILE THAT CARED, .YOUR LISTENING EAR. YOUR GOODNESS SHARED. My heart will ever hold you. Rest In Peace dear friend You will never be forgotton but sadly missed. .Carmel.Finn carmelfinn1@yahoo.co.uk
  • Score: 5

11:26am Tue 29 Apr 14

MarjePowell says...

carmelfinn1@yahoo.co
.uk
wrote:
A sad farewell to my dear friend and collegue Sid. Sincere and heartfelt sympathy to dear George and the family. My heart goes out to George and I know that time will ease the pain and sorrow.
I have known Sid and George since the beginning of the Cavandish days
and remember Mr Stewart as we called him back then had this air about him that commanded respect, When he entered the room you could see how he liked to be at the helm steering his magnificent well run ship by the crew who respected him. One evening I was summoned to the office and i was shaking in my shoes, it was like the days at school when the Mother Superior wanted to see me in the main room. Sid put me at ease and told me he wanted to praise me for my hard work and said thank you to me. When there was problem stirring Sid always keep cool and calm and had the ability to defuse most situation with flair. it was a pleasure to work with Sid and become friends. Many years after the Cav I joined the Samarathans and was delighted to meet up with Sid again. I saw a different side to him. Although he was always approachable, helpful, kind and loyal he was in a different role here, and so was I, We became very good friends and I had to work hard to call him Sid instead of Mr Stewart,. that command of respect was still with him. Sid always offered a shoulder to cry on and I took advantage of that as well as many others. i can remember his dry wit and mischievous grin and warm smile, Sid had many good friends and he had a knack of making each on feel special. A wonderful friend and gentleman.
SID; YOUR MEMORIES WILL LINGER., YOUR SMILE THAT CARED, .YOUR LISTENING EAR. YOUR GOODNESS SHARED. My heart will ever hold you. Rest In Peace dear friend You will never be forgotton but sadly missed. .Carmel.Finn
Beautiful Carmen xxx
[quote][p][bold]carmelfinn1@yahoo.co .uk[/bold] wrote: A sad farewell to my dear friend and collegue Sid. Sincere and heartfelt sympathy to dear George and the family. My heart goes out to George and I know that time will ease the pain and sorrow. I have known Sid and George since the beginning of the Cavandish days and remember Mr Stewart as we called him back then had this air about him that commanded respect, When he entered the room you could see how he liked to be at the helm steering his magnificent well run ship by the crew who respected him. One evening I was summoned to the office and i was shaking in my shoes, it was like the days at school when the Mother Superior wanted to see me in the main room. Sid put me at ease and told me he wanted to praise me for my hard work and said thank you to me. When there was problem stirring Sid always keep cool and calm and had the ability to defuse most situation with flair. it was a pleasure to work with Sid and become friends. Many years after the Cav I joined the Samarathans and was delighted to meet up with Sid again. I saw a different side to him. Although he was always approachable, helpful, kind and loyal he was in a different role here, and so was I, We became very good friends and I had to work hard to call him Sid instead of Mr Stewart,. that command of respect was still with him. Sid always offered a shoulder to cry on and I took advantage of that as well as many others. i can remember his dry wit and mischievous grin and warm smile, Sid had many good friends and he had a knack of making each on feel special. A wonderful friend and gentleman. SID; YOUR MEMORIES WILL LINGER., YOUR SMILE THAT CARED, .YOUR LISTENING EAR. YOUR GOODNESS SHARED. My heart will ever hold you. Rest In Peace dear friend You will never be forgotton but sadly missed. .Carmel.Finn[/p][/quote]Beautiful Carmen xxx MarjePowell
  • Score: 3

11:28am Tue 29 Apr 14

MarjePowell says...

Lovely words Carmen, especially the little poem. xxx
Lovely words Carmen, especially the little poem. xxx MarjePowell
  • Score: 3

1:52pm Fri 2 May 14

aussie62 says...

sorry to hear sad news as I now live in Australia would anyone reading this know the whereabouts of an old friend of mine John Shorrock who always went to the cav
sorry to hear sad news as I now live in Australia would anyone reading this know the whereabouts of an old friend of mine John Shorrock who always went to the cav aussie62
  • Score: 2

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