Call to save Variety Club for posterity

A NIGHTCLUB in Batley should be listed by English Heritage to save it from demolition, a former employee claimed.

Maureen Prest, who worked at the world famous Batley Variety Club, hopes to thwart plans to turn the site into a retail or office complex.

Now known as the Frontier, the venue attracted music legends like Dusty Springfield and Roy Orbison in the 1960s.

Mrs Prest, of Birstall, admits the building is not architecturally important but is part of the social history of Batley.

She said: “The Variety Club is part of the fabric of the history of the town and should be saved.

“It would be tragic if the bulldozers went in. It put Batley on the international map and was a most ingenious piece of social engineering.”

Mrs Prest has written to Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood asking him to support her campaign.

Writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton, best known for the ITV series My Yorkshire, has already backed her calls.

Anyone else who wants to get involved can email Mrs Prest at

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