QUITE how we moved from night clubs in Venn Street to education, I don’t know, but once memories get nudged information flows from readers.
The Parish Rooms in Venn Street was a school before the war, and, for a time afterwards, was an annexe for Rawthorpe Secondary School.
Another reader adds that the building was, in fact, the original Huddersfield Parish Church school dating back to the 19th century.
And Peter McGowan adds to the roll of honour (if it can be called that) of the nightclubs of the past, although these were in different areas of town. “The HiFi was further up Trinity street from Stanley Ataks, which was also known as Stax,” he says.
Among other clubs was the Regent dance hall in Bradford Road, a former cinema that is now the rather splendid Shama Balti restaurant. There were also, he adds, the Adega, under the Byram Arcade, Antoinette’s and Ivanhoe’s on Manchester Road, the Montego and the Changing Lights down Chapel Hill.
Ivanhoe’s, a former cinema, was the last place the Sex Pistols played in Britain in 1977 before they went on their ill-fated American tour.
There was, of course, a great live music scene in Huddersfield in the 1970s and 1980s, with pub venues such as the White Lion in Cross Church Street, the Albion and the West Riding promoting bands several nights of the week.