Up until 1970 the Goldmine had been a Private members club called 'The Bay Country Club' operating on the 1st floor with several functions such as roller skating boxing and dances operating on the ground floor. In 1970 the property was purchased by Stan & Jayne Barrett.

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The Bay Country Club

In 1972 the name changed to 'The Goldmine' and became a night club (discotheque), the owners wanting to create an underground cavern feel to the night club. The name was coined by local character Terry Cranshaw. In 1973 Chris Hill was employed as the regular Disc Jockey and become synonymous with the club over the entirety of its existence. The music policy was mainly Black American Soul Music. Punters regularly traveled from London and areas off the Island.

Looking West towards the Bay Country Club

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