During the Sixties, the String O’Beads nightclub was considered as Bradford’s only teenage nightspot for the younger generation. With an average age of 16-20, and no alcoholic licence, members flocked to the night scene complaining of a lack of alternative entertainment.

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In 1968, a report in the T&A stated that the String O’Beads discotheque in Cheapside would close after six young people were taken unconscious from an “All – Nite Rave.” Dismissing the rumours manageress Miss Sproat, confirmed that it was not closing, management had merely decided to close for the weekend.

It was later ascertained that the substance which caused the six to become unconscious was a hypnotic drug, Methaqualone, which, was believed to have been taken in tablet form.