THE nightlife and clubland around Venn Street in Huddersfield has sparked more than a few memories.
Les Addy, of Mirfield, adds more.
“Continuing the discussion on the clubs in Venn Street in the 1960's, the whole street has quite an interesting history,” he says.
“The side elevation of the Palace Theatre, with its stage doors, occupied quite a sizeable chunk of one side of the road, then came the Parish Rooms, which became the Venn Street Arts Centre.
“I think this building was originally a school, for it had quite a large yard, presumably a playground around it.
“Then came the block of property which carried round into King Street, in which some of the night clubs mentioned previously were situated.
“In the 1950’s, the other side of the road going back into Kirkgate, contained a Yorkshire Woollen bus garage, next to which was quite a large building which, I recall, had quite a chequered career.
“I'm not sure if I've got the sequence right, but it was a snooker club, then the Empress Theatre, which was opened by Nita Valerie and her husband after the Theatre Royal closed.
‘‘ It then became the Empress Ballroom, which I recall had an excellent band.
“This is the building which I believe became the Silver Sands night club.
“The last building in the street was a pub, which I think is still there, before Kirkgate.
“Venn Street was where you caught the long distance coaches for London, Liverpool or Newcastle, and also to holiday destinations like Blackpool or Scarborough.
“Most of the buildings in the street were demolished in the late 1990s to make way for construction of the Kingsgate Centre.”
And that’s the start of a whole new chapter in the town’s history.