SOUL fans are gearing up for a night of music and dancing.

One year on since the formation of Radcliffe and Little Lever Soul Club, visitors are invited to a celebration of all things soul and R&B.

Music by George Hughes, Bob Spendlove and Col Entwistle, will be played at the event.

The origins of the club stem back to the mid-1970s when founders Phil Holcroft and Sam McConnell first met.

The pair were friends who enjoyed Northern Soul and played their records at Radcliffe Youth Club.

In January, 2017, the pals began planning for a regular monthly night, which now takes place on the first Friday of the month in Hardy Hall in Church Street, Little Lever.

Now, an open invitation has been sent to residents who might like to join them for their first big event of 2018.

Visitors will enjoy a mixture of Northern Soul, crossover soul and modern soul.

When the pair were pals they visited soul clubs across the North West such as Wigan Casino and The Ritz in Manchester.

Mr Holcroft said: “We lost touch in the late 1970s when Sam joined the police.

“We didn’t hear from each other again until 2015 when another mutual friend put us in touch.

“We met up for a pint and the 35-plus years disappeared.”

In mid-2016, Mr McConnell suggested the pair organise a soul night in aid of charity, using their old records and vinyl, and calling on old friends who are regular DJs.

The event takes place on February 2, costing £4 on the door, and will run from 8pm until 1am, at the usual Hardy Hall venue.

For information call 07753 934 978 or visit