NO-ONE who grew up in Huddersfield over the past 30 years can have missed out on a night at Johnny's.
The nightclub tucked away at the bottom of Beast Market has been a magnet for party- goers and night owls of all ages.
And although clubs have come and gone over the past decades, Johnny's has been, well, Johnny's.
Now, one era has ended and another is about to start.
Johnny and Joe Marsden, the brothers who have run the club together since a December night in 1969, signed on the dotted line today.
The club, along with the rest of the bars and restaurants in the Huddersfield Hotel complex, has been sold.
The new owners, London and Edinburgh Inns, have promised no changes.
Their executives have been in Johnny's night after night - all in the name of business of course - and pledged there would be no changes.
So the polished metal dance floor stays, as does the karaoke bar, the cloakrooms tucked away at the top of the stairs and the quiet corners where many a romance was kindled.
Johnny's flourished in the 1970s, when disco fever was at its height. Hot, sweaty nights in a club packed with hundreds of dancers were a memory to live long for many.
So, too, were the crocodiles of young men, a drink in their hand, weaving their way round and round, eyeing up the gaggles of giggling girls dancing round handbags.
The club with its collection of bars - including one in a phone kiosk - has played host to the rich and the famous.
TV and film stars who have stayed at The Huddersfield Hotel have been regular visi- tors over the years.
Many of the cast of TV hits like Last Of The Summer Wine and Where The Heart Is are on first-name terms with the staff, many of whom have been there for years.
But it is the ordinary punters who have made Johnny's what it is.
Countless of us have celebrated birthdays, stag nights, weddings and Christmas bops on a dance floor and got noisily merry.
And across Huddersfield there must be many couples whose first romantic dates were played out beneath the throbbing beat of a bass-heavy disco and the ubiquitous smoke machine.
As Joe Marsden said: "We saw the end of the Swinging 60s, the disco fever of the 70s, we survived the 80s and we had a ball through the 90s. Now we've reached the noughties and it is time for a change."
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