“My girlfriend cried her eyes out when it shut” –  are you ready to remember the Buccaneer?

1960s, 1970s, George Webster, Olga Marshall, Rock, Sheffield, Sheffield in the 1970s -

“My girlfriend cried her eyes out when it shut” – are you ready to remember the Buccaneer?

Buccaneer staff

It was one of Sheffield’s most popular pubs and some have never got over the day it shut in 1973.

In fact the owners were that worried about souvenir hunters they never formally announced its last day.

The city’s Buccaneer was probably more a labyrinth than straightforward pub.

It was actually a collection of dimly lit, pirate-inspired theme bars that sat under Leopold Street’s Grand Hotel.

Punters would stumble around from room to room and the foundations would reverberate to the rock sounds emanating from the turntables. 

It was a magnet for anyone left of centre in the late 1960s and early 1970s and boasted George Webster, later to become co-owner of West Street’s legendary Limit venue, heading up the turntables.

For all its rebellious rumblings there was more than an air of respectability running through it. It was actually owned by Trust House Forte that also operated the hotel.

The upstairs had been a pillar of the city’s tourism trade for decades. The hotel even gets a starring role in Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Look Back Film’ – the management try to chuck the artist and entourage out of the hotel!

Buccaneer punters

Takings went through the roof.  “We took more on our first night with George Webster than The Buccaneer took on its average weekend”, she said.

The Buccaneer became one of the busiest and most popular venues in the city in the early seventies.
Regular Peter Eales said: “There was nowhere else playing music like it in Sheffield. You went to The Buccaneer if you wanted to hear stuff that was different and wasn’t main- stream.

“It had a real buzz about it. There were lots of different rooms but it was that dark you could never tell where you were anyway.”

The last disc was spun at the Buccaneer in 1973 after 1,979 days of custom. The punters were heart-broken.

Inside the Buccaneer
  • The Buccaneer is celebrated in our new Sheffield rock T-shirt collection. It’s also featured in our best-selling Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Sheffield’ book