The Torch, commonly referred to as The Golden Torch, was a well-liked nightclub in Stoke-on Trent, England, near Tunstall. It was initially built as a mod venue before evolving into a gathering place for followers of Northern soul.

Numerous well known DJs performed at the club, including Peter Stringfellow, who briefly served as a resident DJ. Keith Minshull, Colin Curtis, Alan Day, and Maretyn Ellis were the major Soul All-nighter DJs.

The nightclub was located on Hose Street in Tunstall, which was next to the Sneyd Arms Hotel on Tower Square. It had a long history, having been used as a chapel, a skating rink, and the Little Regent Cinema in the 1940s.

The Twisted Wheel’s founder, Ivor Abadi, was a contemporary of Christopher Burton, who transformed the theatre into a mod club and opened it on January 30, 1965. Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas were the headliners for the club’s inaugural night. The Kinks and Wayne Fontana were some of the acts that came after.

The Golden Torch became a well-known soul venue in 1967 thanks to Inez and Charlie Foxx’s performance, which drew a crowd comparable to that of Manchester’s Twisted Wheel.

The inaugural Saturday Northern soul all-nighter at the Torch was held on March 11, 1972, after Chris Burton accepted Keith Minshull and Colin Curtis’ idea after the Twisted Wheel closed in 1971.The all-nighters, which lasted from 8 p.m. on Saturday to 8 a.m. on Sunday, were a big success. Although the space was only intended to hold 500 people at a time, a record-breaking 1300 people showed up for an all-nighter in 1973. A variety of live performers, such as the Drifters, the Stylistics, Oscar Toney Jr., the Chi-Lites, and Edwin Starr, performed at the club.

The club’s success, however, contributed to its demise because of the frequent police presence, drug use, and crowding. On March 16, 1973, the club requested a licence renewal. Stoke-on-Trent council rejected the request, forcing the club to close. After a public campaign headed by former club barman and part-time DJ John O’Brien and his buddy Steve Hoskins, the club on Hose Street is now memorialised with a plaque despite the fact that the club’s original structure was later destroyed by fire.