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Help required, chaps & chicks....as some of you know we're constantly updating the JD In Yorkshire piece and right now I'm trying to track down a promoter who was operating up here in the late 1970s; he put on at least three early JD gigs - Bradford, Huddersfield & Halifax - and I believe his memories would be of immense value to all of us. His name is Simon Kite, the company was known as The Kite Organization but other than that I've turned up zilch. A long shot but does anyone here have an inkling where I might find this guy now? He's certainly not online, not under his name at any rate. The local newspapers ain't been too helpful; there's even another JDC user putting out feelers for me elsewhere and we're continuing to draw a blank. If you can help I'd really appreciate hearing about it - PM only though, please don't put any personal info in the forum. THANKS.
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Just want to say a massive thank-you to Denis Kilcommons for his recent help with the article - see JDC's front page - plus Andy Hirst and the other Examiner dudes. Good eggs, one and all. And cheers to Marko for taking the trouble to upload....let's see what turns up next!
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Here's the article from today's Huddersfield Daily Examiner thanks to Julian, Denis Kilcommons, Andy Hirst

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Yeh I neatly fell off my chair when I turned the page of the Examiner and saw this!
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You'z a tyke too bigal?
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Fantastic getting it in the paper mate, has anyone come forward yet?

No joy with finding Simon Kite who promoted a lot of gigs in the Yorkshire area. Hopefully someone can help fill in the blanks.

Keep up the excellent work.
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Hi Shug - no-one as yet but Denis, who wrote the piece, has promised to get in touch if anyone does come forward. No joy my end regarding Mr Kite; I've been told he's dead which is a bit of a pisser. The good news is, this one girl emailed Marko then me before the article appeared; she was at the Coach House gig and I've got a really cool story from her, plus I've just interviewed another dude who was at Bradford St George's Hall  - last year we didn't know of anyone who saw that show; now I've got four different accounts so looking good there too.
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Hi all. I'm a long time lurker who lives in Huddersfield. I read the Examiner but missed the article!

I did try to find any concrete evidence I could on the Huddersfield gig when the Yorkshire article came out as there appeared doubt it happened.

I'm pretty certain the gig did happen. Tell the Examiner guys to search through their archives. About 5, maybe 10, maybe even 15 years ago they ran an article about someone DJing at a club in Holmfirth. I think the place was upstairs by the traffic lights in Holmfirth. In all probability it was run/owned by Peter Carr (I went in there once - its now closed). This DJ was the guy that promoted the Joy Division gig at the Coach House in Huddersfield. Consequently in the article it was mentioned. I think the guy had also promoted gigs at Huddersfield Polytechnic (but I could be wrong). Maybe the sketchy info in this paragraph would enable them to find the article in their archives... or someone else to track this person down.

[Peter Carr now owns/runs the excellent Picturedrome venue in Holmfirth where I've seen Hooky play a couple of times including recently - as others above mention. Maybe he would know who this DJ was?]

Also I seem to remember Hooky saying he was taken in for the questioning regarding the Yorkshre Ripper investigation and I believe this happened in Huddersfield (although I can't remember where I read this).

I went in the Coach House once in the mid 80s. I was pretty drunk at the time. It was an indie/alternative music place and (sort of) a members club. I think they gave us a temporary membership card. I was pretty drunk as it was pretty late. As the article says it was across multiple floors. I'm pretty sure all the walls were painted black inside. I can only remember being in the toilet now andbeing at the counter to get in. I'm not sure how a band would set up for a gig in this club as I don't remember any big or even decent size rooms (but its possible there was a room I didn't go in I guess).

Someone put Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark on at Huddersfield Poly in their early days. I wonder if it was the same person? I know this gig ws before September 1980 as the first gig I went to was in September 1980 and I remember looking at the advert wanting to go to the OMD gig but I was too young to go! There wouldn't have been too much time between this and the JD gig at the Coach House.

If you join the facebook group called "Huddersfield Then and Now" and search for "coach house" you will find 2 pictures of the Coach House from the outside - a colour one which is what it looked like in the day and a black and white one which looks grimmer from when all the buildings were boarded up and just about to be demolished.

Sorry to be so sketchy on everything...

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Thanks for this! The Facebook group you mentioned doesn't seem to exist; could you give me another link to those photos please?
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This is the group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/Huddersfieldthenandnow

Its a closed group - I'm no expert on facebook but I think this means you have to join the group to view the content. Actually I think you may have to be invited to join the group by someone who is already in it?!?

Sorry I don't know how to post a link directly to the photos (my guess is its not possible but as I say I'm no facebook expert)

This is the facebook page of the guy that posted the "good" outside picture of the Coach House back in the day - https://www.facebook.com/s.foz.f?fref=nf

Maybe you can ask him if he'd let you have the photo....
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Just FYI - The OMD gig at Huddersfield Poly took place on the 16th Feb 1980 and was their first headlining tour to promote the release of their debut LP

http://www.omd-live.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=153029837
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wakel: I've joined that group, or rather, requested admission....nothing back as yet. Also sent a message to the other guy you mentioned; hopefully he'll get back to me. A period photo would make things that much more watertight. I'm not really a 'social media' sort of chap - except here on JDC - but a lot of good stuff in the original Yorkshire article came from people on Facebook. Fingers crossed for this too...there seems to be some difference of opinion regarding the club's ownership and who actually promoted JD's gig there; I'm trying to get this cleared up with minor success so far. Seems everyone's either dead or living in a bungalow at the seaside.

Thanks again chief - all assistance gratefully received.

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Hi all, I'm another long time lurker from Huddersfield.

Here are some pictures of the Coach House Club and vicinity which I got from a facebook group called "Old Photos of Huddersfield and Area"

The exterior:

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Wider shot of exterior. The Lord Wilson pub is located where the gap in the row of buildings is, right where the two "No entry" signs are, if you can see them:

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Another exterior from different angle. The street opening on the left was Venn Street and is the site of the Lord Wilson.

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Further round the corner, the wall on the extreme left is part of the Golden Girl night club which 350125 referred to earlier. The gable end of the Coach House is facing the camera:

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Scan of Huddersfield Examiner article regarding demolition of the building, same gable end visible:

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Just brilliant! Exactly what we've been waiting for. Please contact Marko at LWTUA.aol.com so we can establish copyright and get them up on our Yorkshire article - I tried joining that Facebook group but heard nothing back. Well, I least I wasn't far off with the Lord Wilson after all, just two doors down! Lots more exciting stuff on the Huddersfield gig on the way - if you have any memories please PM me. THANKS.
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fantastic seeing this article growing (& deepening) ,actually & in 'real-time' as new things emerge & the possibility of contributing when one was present at the time & have memories to share,is a fan project in it's finest form with no financial gain!.if this ever gets so far that
it needs publishing ,new methods like crowd funding seem very alluring & this site presents the best basis....let's see what the future has on offer?congrat's are in order to the author & everyone contributing(....oh,& welcome robert!)!

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Cheers Dom...wait'll you see what else I have in store, all kinds of obscure tastiness. Reckon you'll like it.
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Pedantic? Moi? But we must get these things right. The other day I received an outrageously rude email from someone (not, let it be said immediately, a member of JDC) demanding to know why Warsaw's infamous 1977 show at Middlesbrough Rock Garden was excluded from the article. I've already sent him packing with a flea or two in his ear but if anyone here was wondering the same thing, here's a brief history lesson:

My 'co-respondent' had, apparently, sourced his gripe from 'The Complete Beatles Chronicle' wherein a gig is listed as 'Tuesday, 25 June 1963, The Astoria Ballroom, Middlesbrough, Yorks.' If the above-mentioned buffoon had taken the trouble to check his facts before mailing me, he would have discovered that 1963 was before all these Northern councillors started getting their pinstripe knickers in a twist over county boundaries; Middlesborough was in Yorkshire when The Boretles played there but in 1968 it became part of Teesside which was then swallowed up by Cleveland in 1974. Ergo, when The Sunshine Valley Dance Band played their barking-mad Rock Garden set, Middlesbrough was most definitely not in Yorkshire. So there you go. Yaaawwwwn.

On a slightly less tedious note, extensive updates to the article are now complete and in the hands of Marko. Think I've handed the poor geezer rather more than he bargained for so do be patient while he wades through everything and gets it online. It'll be worth the wait; you're all in for one or two pleasant surprises regarding Halifax Good Mood, Huddersfield Coach House and Bradford St George's Hall. But please don't shout at me for failing miserably once again to turn up any fresh shots of JD onstage.

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good work indeed gents - look forward to reading more[thumb]
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"the bortles!!!".....t'was a gudd'n!cheeers for the 'chortle',350!
always great seein' freelance-journo at work!

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Article updated - sorry for the long wait everyone

The new areas are highlighted in green text for now.
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Amazing work - much kudos to all involved.
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Once again immense thanks are due to Marko for sorting out the reams of shite I originally sent him; the man has the patience of a saint. And cheers too to all the dudes on JDC who helped out, namely wakel, robert1382, Lee, 1979ok and Isolated. Couldn't have happened without 'em.
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I can't honestly remember what I did but - no problem anyway!

Brilliantly researched - and a truly great article.

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What an amazing read this is becoming!  Your dedication to make this so detailed, and full of first hand anecdotal evidence, is inspiring.  It is also great to see the willingness of these people to share their recollections and of course, you have also harnessed the momory of one Stephen Morris into the bargain too.

As I said before, I would love to see this as part of a published book some time in the future, I am in no doubt that it would be very well received.

Thank you for your dedcation on this and I genuinly hope to read further updates in the future.


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Thanks to all for a great and now even greater article. Worth it for this quote alone:

"......., he made them hand in their Doc Martens at the door. They were walking around in their socks still thinking they looked hard"

Marvellous!
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