After six decades one of Blackpool’s most popular entertainment venues closed its doors.
Staff at the Tower Lounge, at the foot of Blackpool Tower, called last orders for the final time on Sunday night..
Ian Hawkings, head of Merlin Entertainments, owner of the Lounge, said: “We have come to the end of a fun and entertaining era. However, all good things must come to an end.”
Merlin announced its intention to close the bar in August to redevelop the site.
As yet, there have been no plans announced as to what will replace it.
The closure decision sparked criticism from local licensess who claimed the Tower Lounge was a tourist landmark, attracting visitors who would go on to visit other pubs and bars in the town.
Craig Southall, general manager of Yates’s on Market Street, said it is a “shame” to lose the venue.
He said: “The Tower Lounge is a big tourist attraction and apparently it makes £400,000 profit and subsidises other parts of The Tower.
“As a resident that’s a worry, that its closure could put other places in jeopardy.”