Top nightclub The Palace in Manningham Lane, had been closed after it had failed several safety tests in January 1990.

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The urgent order was issued after council inspectors found extensive electrical faults which posed a serious fire hazard.

Bearing in mind recent disasters, including the fire at Bradford City football ground, the council had no hesitation in refusing a new licence.

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The Palace, probably Bradford’s oldest nightclub at the time, had been packed each week following its £50,000 renovation in September 1988.

It held alcohol free sessions for youngsters and specialised in Sixties music attracting acts such as the Drifters the Merseybeats and the Tremeloes.