Ritz, Brighouse

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View of Ritz, BrighouseThe Ritz Ballroom (at 73 Bradford Road, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 4AD, tel: 01484 720058) has been the home to Northern Soul venues for many years and the nights are run by one of the top Northern Soul DJs, Ginger Taylor. The venue is held on the third Friday monthly and runs from 8:30 pm to 1 am. Admission is 5, payable on the door.

It is an immensely popular venue attracting visitors from the Lancashire side of the Pennines (it is only one mile away from Junction 25 of the transpennine M62 motorway) and from Tyneside, as well as those from Yorkshire. There is always a queue outside waiting to go in, even 15 minutes before opening time - you need to be there at that time to get a car park spot outside or good seats inside. It is one of the few venues where people are already dancing even as you are coming into the place.

Originally a cinema, the venue has been a ballroom since 1980 and has been run as a family business since 1988. The present owners have indicated their intention to retire within the next two years (by 2008) and would prefer to sell the property as a going concern, to continue as a ballroom, rather than to developers. Let's hope that developers don't get their hands on this wonderful venue - in the meantime, bookings are being well into 2007.

The Ritz has won countless awards as the premier Ballroom in Yorkshire and deservedly so. The beautiful, high quality fully sprung dance floor is a joy to dance on. The ambience of the venue is warm and inviting with ample seating around three sides of the dance floor, the stage being at the far end of the floor. There is a well-staffed bar just behind the entrance. The venue is one for the serious soulies and is not troubled by handbaggers. The car park is small and quickly filled, with overspill parking on the streets nearby.

Music policy is across the board Northern. Ginger Taylor is the resident DJ and always has two or three guest DJs every month to inject that fresh flavour. The floor is never empty and quite often full to capacity with dancers enjoying themselves. The place has a buzz about it that is positively electric and just invites you to go on the floor and dance! It's an absolute must-go venue in my eyes (and ears)!

The property owners have their own website which has an events calendar and a map of the location.

From junction 25 on the M62 take the WAKEFIELD ROAD / A644 signposted for BRIGHOUSE / DEWSBURY.
After 1 mile, go through one roundabout. Get in right hand lane and go through lights, bearing right. WAKEFIELD ROAD / A644 becomes HUDDERSFIELD ROAD / A641.
After 0.1 mile, enter next roundabout and take 2nd exit onto BRADFORD ROAD / A641.
The Ritz is in front of you on the left (Tesco is on the opposite side of the road), turn left into the side street.

Forthcoming dates
Friday 21st July 2006
Friday 18th August 2006
Friday 15th September 2006
Friday 20th October 2006
Friday 17th November 2006
Friday 15th December 2006

Photos from the venue...
click on the date links in the side panel

To contact me, please click on this e-mail link: alan@soulman1949.com

All images are copyright 2006, Alan Milewczyk (Al's Soul Shack)