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LCT 7074 | Part 2 | Partying and Preservation

We've put together a three part series on LCT 7074 to update you on her history and journey to her new forever home at the D-Day Story.

Here's part two, join us next few week for the third and final installment.

Part 2 - Partying and Preservation

Some of you may have heard about LCT 7074 as a unique survivor of the D-Day Landings but did you know that after the Second World War the ship had a completely different life?

In 1971, local businessmen George Evans and Colin Peers (pictured below) bought LCT 7074 (or Clubship Landfall as it was then known) from the Merseyside Mariners Association. They had used it as their social club in Liverpool Docks since 1947. The Master Mariners still gathered there at lunchtimes but in the evening, it was turned in to a nightclub.

The new owners created a light up dance floor, complete with stage for local bands to play on, and there were three function rooms. To improve the delivery of beer they cut a hatch in the front of the ship.

Freya Swogger talks about visiting the ship on Saturday mornings as a small child in the 1970s. She went with her father George Evans who was co-owner of the nightclub.

“And then you went down into the main part of the kind of social area, the nightclub, which, in retrospect, I realise wasn't a huge space. And, it had alcoves on each side, where people sat and were all very sophisticated at their tables, with their drinks.”
Extract from an oral history interview with Freya in 2019.

Pauline Breircliffe remembers the nightclub’s dancefloor from the early 1970s. She later held her wedding reception and 21st birthday party on board the ship.

The inside was quite plush. They had one of those dance floors that were coloured Perspex, you know, lights that were all different colours. The disco was always going. The drinks were flowing. And one of the, the records I will always remember is ‘Landfall’. That song was always played at The Landfall.”
Extract from an oral history interview with Pauline in 2019.

To allow the ship’s bar to remain open after the normal licencing hours, George and Colin came up with many elaborate ticketed events. An invite for one is shown below.

Landfall continued to operate as a nightclub through the seventies and eighties but repeated location changes made her harder to run and by the 1990s she had reached the end of her life as a business.

LCT 7074 was conserved by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, in partnership with Portsmouth City Council and can now be explored as part of a visit to the D-Day Story

Join us next week for the third and final installment.

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