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The final Frontier: Famous Batley nightclub to close

  • Video report by Jon Hill

The Frontier club in Batley will open its doors for the final time Saturday night before it is transformed into a gym.

Shirley Bassey performing at the venue Credit: ITV News

The venue opened in the 1960s as the Batley Variety Club. In its heyday, the club's founder James Corrigan lured the biggest names in show business - the likes of Louis Armstrong, Roy Orbison and Shirley Bassey - to what was then a mill town.

The venue opened as the Batley Variety Club in 1967 Credit: ITV News

It was turned into the Frontier club in the early 1980s.

The club's owners have confirmed that the Bradford Road venue will close after one last party on Saturday, July 30.

Fitness company JD Gyms are set to take over the plot 49 years after it opened as the Batley Variety Club

It's never going to be an entertainment venue again, which is a shame.

It is, without question, a very sad time and we are truly sorry to be losing such an icon.

We are very conscious that this will be quite emotive for many people and we understand the loss of any significant entertainment space can be extremely damaging to small towns in particular.

Since the turn of the century, the commercial entertainment landscape has changed and the demands for larger arenas, opposed to smaller style concert halls, has been prevalent.

– Nick Westwell, Frontier general manager