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The Palais/Ikon/ Ritzy’s/ Cinderella Rockerfellas / Jumping Jacks is being demolished

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Sluffy

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THE former Palais de Danse and Ikon dance club will be demolished by the end of the year.



The building was home to the iconic Bolton dance hall and favourite nightclubs – including Ikon, Ritzy’s, Cinderella Rockerfellas and Jumping Jacks.

Developers Moorgarth were given approval in December to demolish the building and build a hotel and car park on the site. However, the future of the site is now uncertain as the company has revealed the operators for the hotel had pulled out.

Chief executive Tim Vaughan said: "We are looking at the possibility of preserving some artifacts from the front of the building. We won't know if it is possible until we start work on the front but where we can, we will try and incorporate it into the future scheme.
"It is not easy. The building has been there for a while and we cannot take it down brick by brick, it doesn't necessarily come out like that, but the contractors are aware of what the planning consent says and we are doing what we can to preserve artifacts.
"Once the demolition is complete we have to make the area safe and have a number of options and opportunities we are looking it for its future."
Prior to the demolition, contractors have been clearing the building at the corner of Bridge Street and St George’s Road in preparation and the work on the demolition started at the end of last month.
The work is expected to take up to 12 weeks but Mr Vaughan said they could not reveal what the options are for the future of the site once the demolition is completed.



Chief executive Tim Vaughan said: "We are looking at the possibility of preserving some artifacts from the front of the building. We won't know if it is possible until we start work on the front but where we can, we will try and incorporate it into the future scheme.
"It is not easy. The building has been there for a while and we cannot take it down brick by brick, it doesn't necessarily come out like that, but the contractors are aware of what the planning consent says and we are doing what we can to preserve artifacts.
"Once the demolition is complete we have to make the area safe and have a number of options and opportunities we are looking it for its future."
Prior to the demolition, contractors have been clearing the building at the corner of Bridge Street and St George’s Road in preparation and the work on the demolition started at the end of last month.
The work is expected to take up to 12 weeks but Mr Vaughan said they could not reveal what the options are for the future of the site once the demolition is completed.

Founding member Maggie Gallagher said: "All members of our groups and the thousands of people who has signed our petition are undoubtedly devastated to finally realise our famous Bolton Palais is about to be demolished.
"We fought this fight for over two years without success, it's heartbreaking not to have been able to save our fabulous iconic building that's touched thousands of lives for over half a century.
"The last dance is over for Bolton Palais but we as former members have our memories that will never ever be taken away from us.
"This is a sad time for us all and a sad time for Bolton."

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/15513235._Last_dance_is_over____Bolton_Palais_will_be_demolished_by_Christmas/?ref=mr&lp=3

Norpig

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John McGinlay
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Used to spend many a night in Ritzys and Central Park as it was then getting leathered and unsuccessfully trying to cop off  Very Happy

Sad it's being knocked down but it is an eyesore now (like most of the town centre) and needs to go if no one is going to use the building. The nightlife in Bolton has died a painful death from what i hear from mates who still live in Bolton



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Reebok Trotter

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Nat Lofthouse
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I only ever went in when it was Cinderella Rockerfellas. Maxwells Plum was another nightspot that bit the dust.

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
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Did you take that first photo RT?

Sluffy

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Natasha Whittam wrote:Did you take that first photo RT?

You'd think there would be plenty pictures on Google of the outside of the Palais but there wasn't - same with Rockerfellas too.

My father was a bouncer at the Palais just after the war - he could tell some tales about it too!

I never really liked the Palais myself - I hated the sprung floor. I was more a Pips and Maxwell Plum attendee myself.

All a long time ago now though.

Sluffy

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Thanks BTID but it is the same picture that I've used above.

I found a similar one but nothing else.



I guess there most be others out there but I can't find any easily.

Bollotom2014

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Tony Kelly
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Pull it down and bang a charity shop, KFC, Paddy Power, CEX and Wonga shops in its place. That's progress. If it gets saved it'll go the same way of the Albert Halls. Only the numbed of thought but rich of wallet will be interested.

terenceanne

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El Hadji Diouf
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Aye back in the day there would be an over 25 night and the young lads of 18 or 19 would get in somehow....and then be chased around by the old ladies.......of 25 that is.......the good old days.

Shame it's going but progress......progress towards what though I'm not sure.

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
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A hotel and car park was supposed to be being built on the land but that seems to have gone to the wall now.

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