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Maybe it's because it's The Londoner ...

Friday March 2 2012


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Does anyone remember The Londoner on Lamb Lane in Monk Bretton?
It started life as Monk Bretton Social Club and then for a short time a casino/nightclub before, in the seventies, becoming an entertainment venue bringing the top acts of the day to the area.
WAB presenter Tommy Taylor worked at The Londoner and he now runs The Londoner Revival at The Full House in Monk Bretton regularly. The next one is tomorrow (Saturday) and Tommy would love any memories and, especially, photos of the original venue.
He said: "Weekends at The Londoner were very popular, playing the chart music of the time and a big section of Northern Soul which was at its most popular in the mid-seventies.
"Monday night was dedicated Northern Soul night with Barnsley's very own legendary soul DJ Bub.
"The building was destroyed by fire in the late eighties or early nineties and was demolished ... I would love to find some photos and information to keep its history alive."


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Reply Posted by Jill shillaw on Friday March 2 2012 at 21:55
Wow that's a blast from the past, I use to go Monday night with my school friends. We were 14, but would plaser on make-up and dance all night. A few of the regular guy's use to come on there mod scooters. No pictures sorry but lot's of great memories........JS In Los Angeles. (Born in Royston)...

Reply Posted by JohnBrooks on Friday January 3 2014 at 12:17
Hi Jill
I remember you girls from Royston, in fact was just talking to one, of them on New Year's Eve 2013.
Melanie lives very close to me, with her hubbie Terry.
Those days at the Londoner were great, I'll never forget them.
In fact just started to follow the Northern soul scene again, recently.
JB

Reply Posted by Jill shillaw on Friday March 2 2012 at 21:55
Wow that's a blast from the past, I use to go Monday night with my school friends. We were 14, but would plaser on make-up and dance all night. A few of the regular guy's use to come on there mod scooters. No pictures sorry but lot's of great memories........JS In Los Angeles. (Born in Royston)...

Reply Posted by Jill shillaw on Friday March 2 2012 at 21:55
Wow that's a blast from the past, I use to go Monday night with my school friends. We were 14, but would plaser on make-up and dance all night. A few of the regular guy's use to come on there mod scooters. No pictures sorry but lot's of great memories........JS In Los Angeles. (Born in Royston)...

Reply Posted by Pampam1962 on Saturday March 3 2012 at 08:58
i got drunk on my 16th birthday dont know how i got in must have only looked 14

Reply Posted by Pampam1962 on Saturday March 3 2012 at 09:00
r.i.p bub

Reply Posted by Avrilgoodall on Saturday March 3 2012 at 13:37
OMG, what a great blast from the past!!!  I went there before I was old enough to drink (age 15) and saw Dave Dee (on his own, not with dozy beaky mick & titch) and I was pulled out of the audience to sing with him!!  We sang Little Green Apples, and when he asked my age I told him I was 19!!  Had many a good night at the Londoner.

Reply Posted by Clairee25 on Tuesday March 6 2012 at 21:51
My parents used to run the Londoner keith and sandy

Reply Posted by jill martin on Tuesday March 6 2012 at 22:30
i met my hubby at the londoner  happy days xx

Reply Posted by David Lyon on Tuesday March 6 2012 at 23:15
Are you louise's sister?? Was it really haunted??

Reply Posted by Melanie Ann1 on Thursday June 14 2012 at 20:19
jill its mel have i found you on facebook?x

Reply Posted by andy urry on Sunday September 30 2012 at 00:27
I,ve got a tape of the late great BUB doing a spot at the wintergardens cleggy, Boxing day 1978.
one day i,ll learn how to digitize it n post it on you tube for you lot ,
in the mean time , Oggy Oggy Oggy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
God bless you BUB

Reply Posted by betty on Tuesday October 2 2012 at 22:07
Hope you manage to post it, this will make lots of us happy:)

Reply Posted by Betty Mitchell on Tuesday October 2 2012 at 22:06
Had many great nights in Londoner, it got raided when it was the Full House and i was 13! Stayed on the dancefloor dancing to jacki wilson. left Barnsley 1977 to live in London, started going to Metrodome Northern nights, God Bless Bub, a legend does anyone remember the Portcullis Club?

Reply Posted by david arnold on Friday October 5 2012 at 17:50
i remember my bro taking me there when i was 13 he was a top dancer in them days and they let me in because they knew him and i went few times to watch him was great night out for a 13 year old hehe. yep i remember bub i bought my first scooter of him :).4 years later

Reply Posted by Andy urry on Sunday May 5 2013 at 13:28
Hi all .
Ive posted a snipit of my tape of Bub doing a stint at the Wntergardens cleethorpes boxing day 1978.
Its pretty poor quality but its definitely Bub :-)
The snipit is only one spin but there is an hour of it .
Let me know if you would like more.
The track is of Bub introducing his theme tune !
I just filmed it on my phone and posted it.
Thats the only way I could think of making it public.
Chrs for now Keep the faith !

Reply Posted by Andy urry on Sunday May 5 2013 at 13:32
Ps ive titled it "Bub from Barnsley "

Reply Posted by Annemarie Lowe on Friday June 7 2013 at 12:22
Omg i was just talking to my brother about the londoner. My mates mam was a cleaner there when we were kids n she said she heard the crying of a baby many times and swore it was haunted. Someone tapped her on the shoulder in the looos. Good old days!

Reply Posted by ian johnson on Saturday June 29 2013 at 17:48
Hi ive got quite a bit of details about a host of soul venues across the barnsley area
Mark Whiteley a good friend of mine was a dj at the londoner with Bub and they also djayed at the Stables on Peel street before that, with Derek Greenhoff and Glenn Hewitt.
Barnsley has had over 35 soul venues over the years with the tracky club still reigning as the longest ever Northern venue which was weekly (now unheard of) and ran for a total of 15 years from the old tracky club and the (now demolished) new tracky on Harborough hills.

Reply Posted by peter snelling on Friday August 9 2013 at 21:31
I lived at the Londoner for 6 months my late father Frank was the manager when it was run by Bailey's I was only 14 at the time I remember Albert and Jimmy Hilton very well Albert was a blackbelt in Karate and yes the place was definitely haunted does anybody know if the Hilton twins are still around

Reply Posted by John Brooks on Sunday March 2 2014 at 09:25
Peter, I used to work behind the bar at the Londoner, when Albert was bar manager. Unfortunately Albert passed away a good few years ago, I believe Jim is still around. I also trained Karate under the instruction of Albert, great practitioner.
RIP Albert.
Great times at the Londoner, Monday nights soul night with the big man Bub, who has also passed away.

Reply Posted by me on Friday August 9 2013 at 22:02
Ye,Alberta all us in cudworth westend. Good times at Londoner.

Reply Posted by NIGEL on Friday February 21 2014 at 22:27
just heard the news about garry bestall , absolutely heart broken , we had the most amazing times back in the day, jed miller , big john , steve turton , me and a few more , training with albert , and our weekends in blackpool , god ,what a shame and a loss to us all ,
rest in peace my old mate ,

Reply Posted by andy urry on Wednesday July 30 2014 at 23:07
Just Google "BUB FROM BARNSLEY", old recording of him in action !

Reply Posted by Russ Hartley on Friday January 1 2016 at 10:55
Yes, I remember that well. I lived on Lamb Lane and the Londoner was my local.
I was into the Northern Soul scene at that time and also attended the karate classes for a while under Albert Hilton.
Happy days.
Think the pub was destroyed by fire during the miners strike 84/85.

Reply Posted by Amanda on Wednesday August 10 2016 at 19:15
My dad managed the Londoner for a while as he worked for the Baileys nightclub chain. He was given a list of 5 names to choose to re-name the club and that's what he chose. We moved here from a Derby based nightclub and my dad Keith Edwards had new plans drawn to re-open the club as a restaurant and music venue. The night it burnt down was a very sad one. I remember the twins and Albert as they watched over me and my younger sister often. Happy days sneaking down the back stairwell pinching crisps and pop.

Reply Posted by Mick brown on Tuesday December 27 2016 at 14:34
I remember the Londoner well I used to live on lamb lane my dad Jeff brown did karate there one of the instructers broke his jaw lol he also was a door man there ever weekend there was fighting and we used to look round yard for money garenteed we would find sum them was defo the good old days miss them loads