'Great nights' - NewcastleWorld readers share their memories of the iconic Tuxedo Princess

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The rotating dancefloor, different bars and passing out in toilets - NewcastleWorld readers share their memories of the Tuxedo Princess.

It might have closed for good 16 years ago but the Tuxedo Princess, known locally as "The Boat", still holds many great memories for people in the North East.

The former car ferry turned nightclub was permanently moored on the River Tyne for a time in the 1980s and then the early 2000s.

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It was the brainchild of local businessman Michael Quadrini, who ran Newcastle's most popular nightspot Tuxedo Junction when he first opened it in the 1980s.

The Tuxedo Princess. Photo: Newcastle Libraries.The Tuxedo Princess. Photo: Newcastle Libraries.
The Tuxedo Princess. Photo: Newcastle Libraries. | Newcastle Libraries

NewcastleWorld readers have been sharing their memories of the iconic nightclub despite it no longer existing.

This is what you had to say on the NewcastleWorld Facebook page:

Tracy Battensby: "The old wooden revolving dancefloor trying to jump on and off it, nearly breaking your legs.

"Great nights on there."

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Julie Taylor: "The saxophone and piano duo in the top bar - they played Grover's "Sad Samba" for me.

"Then downstairs to the floor which always seemed to start going when Crystal Waters' "Gypsy Woman" came on."

Andy Wilkin: "Bloke in the 70s bar dancing with his lass, picking her up in the middle of it and putting her head through the ceiling."

Christopher Gray: "I think it was New Year's Eve 1999, passed out in the toilets totally wasted. The only time I ever passed out with drink to date."

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Mark Gibson: "Getting on the dancefloor, then wondering where all your mates had gone when stepping off the dancefloor."

John Stevens: "The rotating dancefloor and horrible sticky floors."

Angela Payne: "Trying to get on and off the revolving dance floor in heels."

Helen Parker: "My mam going in a mood if she couldn't get a babysitter, meaning she couldn't go."

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