August 9, 2022

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End of an Era for Ricky’s as demolition begins at Huddersfield bar famous for strippers and Town games

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End of an Era for Ricky’s as demolition begins at Huddersfield bar famous for strippers and Town games

A legendary Huddersfield pub which put on female strippers several times a day including Tuesday teatimes is being demolished.

Rickys on Leeds Road, a once-popular hostelry with Huddersfield Town fans on matchdays, shut for good in November 2015 after 59-year-old licensee Ricky Park declared himself bankrupt.

Ricky became landlord in August 1984 and during his tenure, it developed a racy reputation.

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Prior to that, it was known for decades as the Waggon and Horses and that name is etched high on its frontage.

There were several incidents of violence outside its doors too with grandfather Tony Schofield beaten to a pulp by a four-strong gang in March 2010 in what was described as a motiveless attack.



In his heyday! Ricky Park at Ricky's Bar on Leeds Road, Huddersfield
In his heyday! Ricky Park at Ricky’s Bar on Leeds Road, Huddersfield

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A planning application has been made to Kirklees Council in February 2019 by Ricky’s near neighbours, John Shaw & Son Ltd, a family-run company, which has been supplying vans and light commercials to Yorkshire folk for the last 45 years.

Its plans were to demolish the two-storey building and change the premise’s use for car sales and to erect an operations building at 311 Leeds Road, Huddersfield.



Legendary Rickys bar on Leeds Road, Huddersfield, being demolished by workmen on Saturday, June 26, 2021
Legendary Rickys bar on Leeds Road, Huddersfield, being demolished by workmen on Saturday, June 26, 2021

A 50-year-old man from Lindley who didn’t want to be named, said: “I remember we had a works do and rang Ricky up and asked if we could come down.

“He said yes and we had a brilliant time. There were two-or-three strippers on and it was good, clean fun.

“We had a really good night there and I’m very sorry to hear it is being pulled down. I’m not happy about it at all.

“It’s part of our heritage and I think it’s a crying shame that it’s coming down.”



Ricky's on Leeds Rd in Huddersfield is set to be torn down
Ricky’s on Leeds Rd in Huddersfield is set to be torn down

Mark Robertson, owner of the Plumbers Arms, Huddersfield town centre, added: “I used to go in very occasionally ahead of Huddersfield Town football maches. I’m very sorry to hear it’s coming down.”

And Stephen Knight, a father-of-three of Berry Brow, said: “I’m very sorry to hear it is being demolished. They used to do a very good breakfast – one of the best in Huddersfield – and I used to go in on a Friday.

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“It was a fantastic bar, there were strippers on a Saturday dinner time before Town played their football matches at Leeds Road.

“It was an institution and was part of the colour of the town.”

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