A CELEBRATION of soul in Nuneaton is fast becoming one of the best attended in the country as it prepares to mark a special anniversary tonight.
Mark Freeman has been putting on Northern Soul nights in the Co-op Club Ballroom for the past two years with the event attracting nationwide attention.
Tonight's anniversary offering has a Wigan Casino theme and is called Mr M's Soul Club as a tribute to the venue which holds a special place in soul devotees hearts to this day.
It was back in 2006 that the dos were first launched by Mark 'Fluff' Freeman, with the event becoming a must for local soul movers and shaker from Nuneaton and Hinckley as well as further afield.
The most recent bash saw people travelling from all over including from Worcester to Wolverhampton and from Birmingham to Barnsley, with even more expected to make the pilgrimage tonight to fill the dancefloor.
DJs on the decks include Mark Freeman himself and special guest Russ Winstanley of Wigan Casino fame, alongside Kylee, Chico and Ralph. The doors are to open at 8pm with the bar to close at 2am, with kicking out time a full half hour later.
"It's our second anniversary and we're holding a Wigan Casino Special to mark two years of Northern Soul at the Co-op," said Mark Freeman.
"A soul man's finest night out we're calling tonight's event Mr M's Soul Club and we're hoping everyone comes down for a great night for a one hundred per cent classic oldies special."
A Northern Soul online forum is filled with reviews from the last event held in February, with one fan saying: "Full credit to Mark, Fordy and Ralph who have made this what must be one of the best attended soul nights in the country. We were gobsmacked how full it was and the amount on the dancefloor, we were really excited and enjoying ourselves which is what Nuneaton is all about."
Another reveller said: "Great atmosphere with the dance floor rammed all night - if you have never been you really need to get yourself there. It's an awesome venue with an awesome dancefloor with top quality tunes being played all night. Be warned get there early as this place is a packer."
People going along for tonight's anniversary bash are asked to pay £5 on the door for six hours of music. For those who can't make it to tonight's event, future gigs are to be held on Saturday, June 7 and on Saturday, August 9.