They call it progress

They call it Progress.

From the late 70s through the 80s and early 90s I spent a lot of time, sometimes twice a week going to gigs at the Cornwall Coliseum.

The Cornwall Coliseum was a sport and entertainment venue located near St Austell, Cornwall and began life as the Carlyon Bay Beach resort.

It began to develop as a popular recreation area during the 1930s and was known as the Riviera club, it became more and more popular during the 1960s 70s and 80s, hosting many leading artists such as, The Kinks, The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam, The Who, Eric Clapton, Black Sabbath, Cliff Richard, Iron Maiden, Rainbow, Slade, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin) and Paul McCartney.

It lost its importance with the opening of the Plymouth Pavilions in 1991, the venue continued as a nightclub until early 2003 but closed shortly after. It has now been demolished. Commercial Estates Group obtained planning permission in 2011 to redevelop the site. But as of 2015 no construction work has commenced.

We went to Carlyon Bay on the 14 Feb 2016 to see how it has progressed.

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