Top Ten Night Club
Above: Watched by the Mayoress and Mrs Marsden, the Mayor takes a swing at a punch bag.
Weary night owls can rejuvenate themselves for the journey home in the gymnasium which forms part of the extensions opened last night at the Top Ten night club in Northgate, Huddersfield. Memories of his boxing career came back to the Mayor (Aid, Jack Sykes). Who officially opened the extensions, as he was shown round the gym by club owner Mr Joe Marsden.
0801121452 - The Mayor later in evening enjoying the cabaret
|0501121648 - The front of the Top Ten Night Club, Southgate in the early 60's, this was Joe's Cafe in 1950's.||0801121441 - Top Ten daytime shot|
|3012111302 - Top Ten day time shot||3012111251 - Nightime and ready for opening|
|3012111226 - Les on drums, Brian Nesta, Johnny Marsden and Johnny Bedford|
|1011111539 - Left Little Frankie, a great member, and a great Jive dancer, sat with Joe Marsden senior.|
|281220111534 - Johnny with dad and parrot||0801121519 - Mr and Mrs Marsden, Johnny and brother-in-law Donald Horsefall|
2402120229 - Johnny on the left with his TEDDY BOY friends with lady friends.
The psychedelic Morris Van pictured was hand painted by Les Taylor, an Almondbury artist years before today's digital vehicle printing. Les's sister Susan worked for Johnny in the cloakroom at the Catacombs Cellar Club. Les was well known in the town by his nickname "Tats".
In the days of the Continental Palace Theatre in the Old Palace, Kirkgate many of the dancers, staff and acts including comedians Colin Crompton who went on the TV show Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club and Bill Maynard who stars in Heartbeat would come round to the cafe after the show.
This is how Joe Senior got the idea to open the Top Ten Night Club.
|Huddersfield Examiner 31/07/1970
I was a little disturbed that my letter to the Huddersfield Town Council’s General Purposes Committee meeting on “Gaming” was presented by one newspaper as an “urge” from me for “hard” gambling in Huddersfield. This was a wrong emphasis.
My letter was a plea against the intended action by the Government to restrict “hard” gaming in certain parts of the country.
I consider this intended action as illogical, unjust and unwise. Illogical because very little “hard” gaming actually takes place (although allowed) in the areas that will come under the Government’s restriction. The areas most likely to produce “Mafia”-type organisations – large cosmopolitan areas – will not come under this ban. Unjust because local authorities had not been consulted over the state of gaming in their respective areas before the Government made their decision. Unwise because if gamin is not allowed in the open, it will go underground, and will then be more difficult to inspect and control. This could encourage sleazy clip joints, and I do believe that our local authority and police are afraid that this might happen.
Curate to the Huddersfield Parish Church. Parish House, Venn Street, Huddersfield.