Overwhelming response to save Variety Club

Batley Variety Club.
Batley Variety Club.

A campaign to save Batley’s iconic former Variety Club has received an “overwhelming response”, according to its former PR officer.

Maureen Prest has received around 400 responses from people wanting to save the Frontier nightclub from being demolished.

The News revealed that the Variety Club, which attracted stars including Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones and Louis Armstrong in its heyday, could be torn down to make way for a retail park or office complex.

Mrs Prest has written to English Heritage to ask for it to be put on its register of ‘listed’ buildings to save it from demolition.

She said: “We have launched a website to save the club and responses have come flooding it. It has been incredible. In the first day the website had 150 hits. It is clear there is a strong feeling that the building should not be destroyed. It is part of the fabric of the town and should be saved.”

Mrs Prest will use the comments to support her application to English Hertiage.

Anyone wishing to share their views can visit www.savebatleyvarietyclub.co.uk.