Last waltz as Brighouse ballroom is on market

For sale the Ritz, Brighouse.
For sale the Ritz, Brighouse.

The Ritz Ballroom, one of Brighouse’s landmark buildings and the town’s premier entertainment venue, is for sale.

Owners Alan and Pauline Olbison, who run the venue with daughter Zoe, are retiring and are keen to sell the business after 27 years at the helm.

The building was last on the market eight years ago but three attempts to gain planning permission to build retirement homes on the site were rejected by Calderdale Council.

“Since then we have carried on running the building as a dance hall and ballroom but now we are desperate to retire and have decided to sell up,” said Mrs Olbison.

“We have loved being part of the Ritz for almost three decades but we are in our 60s now and running it seven days a week is hard work. We know it will be a big talking point when people see the For Sale sign and it would be great if someone would keep it going as an entertainment venue.”

Mrs Olbison said the last time the property was valued in 2005 a £1 million price tag was put on the half-acre site at Bradford Road.

“We are trying to sell it ourselves initially and we’ll see what the response is.”