Hundreds of clubbers paid a fond – and noisy – farewell to half-a-century of Batley history.

The town’s Frontier club closed its doors for the last time on Saturday night as a capacity 2,000-strong crowd packed in for one last dance .

Dozens queued up outside half-an-hour before the club opened, ready to revel in the nostalgia.

Many turned up in fancy dress, some old enough to be regulars at the venue’s heyday of the 1960s and 1970s when Batley Variety Club turned the mill town into the Las Vegas of the North.

Younger people, who enjoyed nights out at what became the Frontier nightclub , were drawn back to the dance floor once more.

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Batley Variety Club was opened in 1967 by Jimmy Corrigan who brought big names such as Shirley Bassey, the Bee Gees, Roy Orbison, Tom Jones and Louis Armstrong to town.

The variety club closed in the early 1980s to be replaced by the Frontier, which has now shut forever marking the end of an era.

The building will now become a gym.

Mirfield-based film-maker Simon Reed was on hand to record the last night for posterity.

He plans on producing a short film The Final Frontier having interviewed some of those who turned up on the last night.

He produced a teaser especially for the Examiner and the full version will be published later.

Simon, 39, who runs Simon Reed Productions , said: “It was an emotional night full of nostalgia.”