EFL wrote:skippy wrote: hi pashy, just remembered the name of the night club on north street, the windmill, i saw the dallas boys there, it was all a bit cloak and dagger stuff, knock on the door, and someone would look through the peephole in the door, but it was a great little club. The little club down stairs in kirkgate was called the Embassy, my dad was involved there, with big Jim Moran, Barry Samples, Little Tony Heath, Denis Huckerby. My earlist memories of that place was picking the bits of glass out of the feather boa wearing girls painted on the stage back drop, thought they were real diamonds. The windmill peephole was because gaming wasn't totally legal then, didn't stop some of the local constabulary going in there though! Billy Bremner, Jack Charlton Gary Sprake Mick Bates but to name a few often went in as well, my dad brought their autographs home every other week. Happy times as they say.
That little place down the steps wedged between the Regent Pub and what became The Chicken Inn on Kirkgate went under quite a few names including "The Pit", the people you mention above, Denis Huckerby (and his wife Mavis) owned the Windmill club on North Street , Little Tony Heath was a very good singer but was a better comedian, more or less resident at the Windmill.
Barry Samples was another "Debt Collector" mainly from the Jewish fraternity but I saw him got his "Cummuppance"in the Bridge Club on Harrogate Road. Barry had collected some monies on behalf of someone well out of Leeds and somehow never got round to passing it on.
The person waiting for his money, who was a big man, walked in to the club as Barry was sat having lunch. The details are not important.
I would say that of all the various Bouncers / Doormen I ever saw in Leeds Barry Samples was the sharpest dresser.