Batley Variety Club in the spotlight

The music and glamour of Batley Variety Club will step into the spotlight for a night of nostalgia.

Tuesday, 21st January 2014, 6:00 am
CLUB GLAMOUR Batley Variety Club owner James Corrigan outside the Bradford Road club.

Batley History Group’s next meeting will feature music and film from the Bradford Road club’s glory days, when crowds came from near and far to see big names at the famous nightclub.

And chairman Malcolm Haigh is appealing for people to come forward with their own memories and mementos from the club to make the meeting extra special.

Mr Haigh has his own links to the club and plans to tell his story at the meeting.

He said: “I take great pride in telling people that I was the first person to write about the Variety Club.”

Former Batley News journalist Mr Haigh met club owner James ‘Jimmy’ Corrigan at his home and got the scoop on the new club.

Batley Variety Club opened on Easter Sunday, 1967, when top line artists the Bachelors were cheered by an audience of 1,400, each of whom had paid 25p to get in.

Crooner Val Doonican, supported by Freddie ‘Parrot Face’ Davies, starred on the second week and was followed by a host of stars including Tony Hancock, Roy Orbison, Tommy Cooper, Jayne Mansfield, Morecambe and Wise and Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong.

The meeting on Monday January 27 at Batley Town Hall is free for both members and non-members.

The entertainment will begin at 7.30pm, with free refreshments available from 7pm and snapshots of the stars who graced the Variety Club stage on display.

To share your personal memories or mementos from the club, call Mr Haigh on 01924 4769824.