Burnley Locarno Club band leader dies

Dennis Langfield
Dennis Langfield

A hugely talented band leader from the heyday of Burnley’s popular Locarno Club has died aged 83.

Mr Dennis Langfield was well-known in Burnley throughout the 1960s for his role as leader of the Dennis Langfield Sound which played to packed crowds at Burnley’s Mecca ballroom the Locarno, now home to Gala Bingo in Centenary Way.

Born in West Yorkshire, Mr Langfield lived all his life in the Barnsley area, but travelled to Burnley regularly.

His lifelong friend and fellow musician Mr Glen South, of Nelson, paid tribute to him.

“Dennis will be remembered locally as the handsome saxophonist with many fans who drew the crowds in to the Locarno.

“The Dennis Langfield Sound included several local musicians who have had continued success in the music business ever since.

“These included myself, guitarist Lee Fothergill, who has appeared on many hit recordings, drummer Don Bailey, pianist Derek Lang, trumpeter Don Grindrod, bass player Roland Ballard, trombonist Harry Burgess, saxophonist Frank Wood, guitarist Martin Kershaw, vocalist Frankie Martin, and saxophonist Al Wood who became a big name in the jazz world.”

When the band moved to Leeds Mecca in the Merrion Centre, Sandra Stevens joined the band. She would later go on to join Eurovision winners, Brotherhood of Man.

Mr Langfield’s funeral was held at a packed Barnsley Crematorium.

Mr South added: “The funeral was very well attended and Dennis will be missed by many of his fans from Burnley and Leeds and by those of us who were fortunate enough to be members of his band.”

He leaves wife, Sheila, three daughters and three grandchildren as well as many friends and other relatives.