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I was flicking through krs top 500 book and came across the top 10 towns that influenced northern soul through the decades.

1 Bolton

2 Dudley

3 Pontefract

4 MANSFIELD

5 Burnley

6 Bury/Radcliffe

7 Newton Aycliffe

8 Wigan

9 Preston

10 Kettering.

Krs order not mine.

Personally i think krs got it about right, but his book was written 1999/2000 and places and the scene as changed.Does anyone out there agree with krs choice or are there towns that you live in warrant being on that list?.Opinions please no politics!.

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You need to appreciate that KR's criteria in selecting this list is to do with being the "homes of large and dedicated groups of soul fans". Without that criteria Blackpool, Stafford, Yate, Cleethorpes would be included before some of those listed.

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Rochester in Kent,

Kent Soul Club, bringing back the Northern after 20+ years without it,

just a little plug really but there was once a big Northern scene in the Medway Towns all them years ago,

Jo Wallace for one played a massive part in it didnt you Jo.

Bearsy

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I was flicking through krs top 500 book and came across the top 10 towns that influenced northern soul through the decades.

1 Bolton

2 Dudley

3 Pontefract

4 MANSFIELD

5 Burnley

6 Bury/Radcliffe

7 Newton Aycliffe

8 Wigan

9 Preston

10 Kettering.

Krs order not mine.

Personally i think krs got it about right, but his book was written 1999/2000 and places and the scene as changed.Does anyone out there agree with krs choice or are there towns that you live in warrant being on that list?.Opinions please no politics!.

In my opinion I cant believe there's no mention of any of the following Widnes, Warrington. In the mid to late 70,s there was a soul night 7 nights a week in Widnes at different venue's. Warrington had the Carlton then Parr hall. Then there was St Helens, Where the Saints club ran for i think 11 years through the 80,s and 90,s The Saints was responsible for breaking as many tunes as any of the nighters that where knocking about at the time and Baz M and Flanny just don't get the credit they deserve.

Great topic by the way.

Steve

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In my opinion I cant believe there's no mention of any of the following Widnes, Warrington. In the mid to late 70,s there was a soul night 7 nights a week in Widnes at different venue's. Warrington had the Carlton then Parr hall. Then there was St Helens, Where the Saints club ran for i think 11 years through the 80,s and 90,s The Saints was responsible for breaking as many tunes as any of the nighters that where knocking about at the time and Baz M and Flanny just don't get the credit they deserve.

Great topic by the way.

Steve

Barnsley

Rotherham.................pointless subject really,we`ll just have a list of towns. :D and then what.

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I was flicking through krs top 500 book and came across the top 10 towns that influenced northern soul through the decades.

1 Bolton

2 Dudley

3 Pontefract

4 MANSFIELD

5 Burnley

6 Bury/Radcliffe

7 Newton Aycliffe

8 Wigan

9 Preston

10 Kettering.

Krs order not mine.

Personally i think krs got it about right, but his book was written 1999/2000 and places and the scene as changed.Does anyone out there agree with krs choice or are there towns that you live in warrant being on that list?.Opinions please no politics!.

No 100 club or is it a class on its own.

Billy :D

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No 100 club or is it a class on its own.

Billy :D

London the biggest city in the uk,not a town Billy. :D

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Ok Ken

This should cover your town

His top ten cities or areas are

stoke on trent

greater manchester

wolverampton

london

nottingham

northants

south/west yorks

bedfordshire

county durham

cambridgeshire.

ok

Barnsley

Rotherham.................pointless subject really,we`ll just have a list of towns.
:D
and then what.

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Ok Ken

This should cover your town

His top ten cities or areas are

stoke on trent

greater manchester

wolverampton

london

nottingham

northants

south/west yorks

bedfordshire

county durham

cambridgeshire.

ok

Great list of places :D north Yorkshire wont be happy,now what :D

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S#it hole or no, from the Flamingo to the longest running nighter of all time and the many different venues in between, I say London deffo warrants a shout.

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This is a wind up...right?

Rotherham No 1 (obviously).

Sean

Sadly i`m torn between em` both,not taking side`s,love em both equally :D

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S#it hole or no, from the Flamingo to the longest running nighter of all time and the many different venues in between, I say London deffo warrants a shout.

Talk about goal post`s,just a big list of city/towns/village name`s,now what!!

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S#it hole or no, from the Flamingo to the longest running nighter of all time and the many different venues in between, I say London deffo warrants a shout.

Anywhere in the UK that has had a venue - be it big , small , regular , one -off , short lived or long running - warrants an inclusion .

Malc Burton

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Anywhere in the UK that has had a venue - be it big , small , regular , one -off , short lived or long running - warrants an inclusion .

Malc Burton

Be a big list,better if we sort the list of exlusions,and why..........oh,politics better not. :D

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A list of Villages :D:(

Steve

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I`ll have you know,Barnsley is the biggest metropolitan borough in the country :D

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:D CLECKHUDDESFAX :D IS THE BEST BY MILES

surely Imber deserves a mention

(am still looking for any copies of the IMBER INBRED INNORTHERN fanzine)

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S#it hole or no, from the Flamingo to the longest running nighter of all time and the many different venues in between, I say London deffo warrants a shout.

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Have to agree, London and surrounding areas should probably be on the list :D

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Ok Ken

This should cover your town

His top ten cities or areas are

stoke on trent

greater manchester

wolverampton

london

nottingham

northants

south/west yorks

bedfordshire

county durham

cambridgeshire.

ok

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At the moment Peterborough have a very solid base, with at least 4 venues running successful soul nights. Whilst musically they may not be to everyones taste, their success can't be argued with. Add in a couple of venues in Cambridge, and St Ives, and it's a pretty strong area.

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My vote for UK's most soulful town is Newton Aycliffe

In the mid-70s an amazing amount of collectors came from this town.

Today I'd guess more people collect rare soul in that town per head of population than any other small town.

According to our database we have 19 from that town..+ many more from the surrounding areas.

Take a bow, Newton Aycliffe.

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My vote for UK's most soulful town is Newton Aycliffe

In the mid-70s an amazing amount of collectors came from this town.

Today I'd guess more people collect rare soul in that town per head of population than any other small town.

According to our database we have 19 from that town..+ many more from the surrounding areas.

Take a bow, Newton Aycliffe.

If ya talkin' bout places with major record collectors, then I guess Carlisle would not be far from the top of the list. and they all live on Main Street!.... well it is a one road village! :D

steve

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My vote for UK's most soulful town is Newton Aycliffe

In the mid-70s an amazing amount of collectors came from this town.

Today I'd guess more people collect rare soul in that town per head of population than any other small town.

According to our database we have 19 from that town..+ many more from the surrounding areas.

Take a bow, Newton Aycliffe.

Got to agree with that the aycliffe nighters in the seventies regulary pulled in crowds to match the casino and many of the collectors then are still about today,collecting and still visiting the usa regular.Id say well over 50 hardcore collectors witrh 30 year plus collections.Then you have the surrounding areas likeBishop Auckland,Spennymoor,Easington,Darlington,Billingham,and the bigger Newcastle and Boro.ITS a hotbed alright.

BAZ A.

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You need to add North Wales vilages and hamlets to this list, but the Casino has to be the top spot, if you ask the average man in the street about a northern soul venue then I would put money on their answer - Wigan, the rest of us will all have different views on it of course but the reality is the Northern Soul and Wigan go hand in hand. shhh.gif:(:D:D

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I seem to recall that we had a thriving soul scene in;-

Huddersfield

Wakefield

Leeds

Bradford

Halifax

Normanton

Selby

etc

I know, 'cause I DJed at most of them!

all going whilst the Twisted Wheel was still open.

Julian

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Edinburgh Dundee surely up there?

Dundee - definitely. Huge number of soul punters for its size.

As for tiny wee scottish towns with a disproportionate soul following, it really has to be Tranent.

Where's Jock O'Connor to back me up on this ? lol

Hammy

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surely Imber deserves a mention

(am still looking for any copies of the IMBER INBRED INNORTHERN fanzine)

HERE HERE, THE BEST REUNIONS IN THE COUNTRY

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No Stockport!! :angry:

....Kettering?????????????????? :D

Lot of the places being touted on this thread are saying this town or that town USED to be a big soul place. Kettering still is! Wicksteed Park (I'll be there tommorrow for the Velvelettes) Central Hall, KLV, Cornmarket, Three Cocks inn, are just a few venues off the top of my head I've been to on a regular basis in Kettering in the past 3-4 years. There is, and always has been a strong Northern soul base in Kettering. If you add Desborough and Rothwell into the equasion (both in Kettering Borough) then the case for 10th place is even stronger.

Northants is 7th in the city/area table. Allthough there are no big name venues here, there is always something on on the A6 in Northants or Wellingborough and latterly, Corby. Northampton for the size of the place let's the county down imho. And as for soulies per head of population, I'd put a shout in for Higham Ferrers. Population 6,500 and every single one of them is a soulie! Well nearly. :D

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Perhaps the following would be top of the list....lol

Detroit

Chicago

Philadelphia

New York

New Orleans

LA

Mark, I'm not very familiar with oop north, are these all in Yorkshire?

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I'm going to fight the Gloucester areas corner. (Including Cheltenham, Stroud and thanks to Dave Thorley, Dursley)

Many well respected collectors and discoverers of tunes that are now part of the fabric.

Edited by in town Mikey

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I'm going to fight the Gloucester areas corner. (Including Cheltenham, Stroud and thanks to Dave Thorley, Dursley)

Many well respected collectors and discoverers of tunes that are now part of the fabric.

That's when they're not too busy chewing straw and crunchin' carrots. :D:D

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QUOTE(Mark Bicknell @ Nov 16 2006, 11:22 PM) post_snapback.gifPerhaps the following would be top of the list....lol

Detroit

Chicago

Philadelphia

New York

New Orleans

LA

Mark, I'm not very familiar with oop north, are these all in Yorkshire?

New York !!

Can I just remind you, that change is not good.

copyright Soccer am.

Edited by in town Mikey

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Great list of places :( north Yorkshire wont be happy,now what :D
Kenny, think that there's prior evidence that those parts of North Yorks with a Teeside postcode are definitely NOT on any list of KR's most popular soul towns... :D

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Being from the South originally thought i would mention the likes of Reading, Newbury, Aldershot, Basingstoke, Banbury, Bedford etc. which were all pretty strong towns in supporting the Northern scene over the years, always remember Derek Mead's coach trips to Wigan and St Ives which picked up people in these towns...crazy days...lol

Regards - Mark Bicknell.

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S#it hole or no, from the Flamingo to the longest running nighter of all time and the many different venues in between, I say London deffo warrants a shout.

thinking outside of the box ian, you're gonna confuse people :shhh:

i met a woman this summer who was a dancer (employed) at the flamingo - met her at a bbq on a sunday lunchtime after the 100 and when i told her where i'd been the night before we had a good old chat about allniter culture - extremely interesting to look back at the heritage of what we're doing now

of course the flamingo wasn't a soul club and it finished about 3.00am

did you know that the flamingo allniters started in woolwich before moving up west? (i made that up btw)

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All niters in Morecambe 1981 to 1989 at various evenues but best remembered on the central pier

thought we would be up there somewhere

i mean we all know its the centre of the soul universe!!!

:):lol:

seaside soul club 2003 to date..... :shhh:

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