Published: Wednesday, 17th Nov 2021

The Top Storey Club Tragedy - A Talk by Dave Burnham is being held at Bolton Central Library this Saturday November 20, 2021, 11am – 12pm. This event is free to attend, and no booking is required.

It was the dawn of the 1960s and things were starting to change. In Bolton, still a traditional cotton town, people could visit newly opened eateries and nightclubs such as Aristotle’s, the Tai Tung or the Kismet Restaurant. In December 1961 a new fashionable nightclub had opened in town. The Top Storey Club was high above the River Croal in an old warehouse on Crown Street. On Monday 1st May 1961, a fire swept the building leading to the death of 19 people.

Join us as we reflect on the tragic events of this night and get a glimpse into life in Bolton in the 1960s with a talk by local historian Dave Burnham.

Bolton Museum is interested in speaking to people who can share new testimonies from the tragic event. People can speak to a member of staff at Saturday’s event or call the museum on 01204332160.  They will be given the chance to submit an oral piece into the museum archive.