Mary Bridson from Isle of Man
‘Having been in St John Ambulance for
over 50 years one particular event stands out as a memorable
On 13 August 1964 we were on first aid duty at a Rolling
Stones concert at the Palace Ballroom in Douglas.
Many fans fainted and were actually being passed over
people’s heads to reach us.
As there were so many of them all we could do was lay them in
rows on the floor and keep an eye on them.
What was most surprising and ‘amusing’ was that although they
were lying quietly, when a certain part of a song was
heard, or the Stones started up a new number, they
all sat up – screamed – and then passed out
I had not experienced what was of course mass
hysteria before and I remember thinking there would not be
an end to this circle of events until the end of the concert.’