More on the floating nightclub...

Reader David Martin originally sent us photographs of the barges
Reader David Martin originally sent us photographs of the barges

A reader contacted us with more information about the “floating nightclub”, a photograph of which we ran some weeks ago.

It floated on the Rochdale Canal at Walsden, near to Bellholme, and was eventually destroyed by fire.

The reader, who did not wish to be named, said he recalled the history of the place, which he said dated to the early part of the 1970s.

It sprang, he says, from a planning application made for a sports and social club to be built on a nearby site.

But there were objections to the plan and a meeting was called for objectors to formulate their opposition to the scheme, he recalled.

“I remember going to a meeting held at Walsden School to object to it because it wasn’t what it was supposed to be.

“It was going to be bingo and the like, a big thing, and it was turned down,” he said.

After that, the “barge club” came into being, said the reader, who recalled that opposite it was a big car park.

Two barges were put together and the floating club was born.

“It was a disco and late night drinking place and it was there for a few years.

“Originally it was meant to be a big nightclub,” he said.

Then it was damaged by fire and that was the end of it.

Reader David Martin had originally sent us the photograph and recalled it being a type of restaurant.

And all these years later, it has certainly again proved to be a talking point.