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Rumours over as club bosses confirm axe

Rumours and Hush, Blackpool

Rumours and Hush, Blackpool

One of Blackpool’s best known nightspots is to close its doors, its manager has confirmed.

As reported in yesterday’s Gazette, Rumours nightclub, on Talbot Square, has been put up for sale with speculation closure could follow as a result.

Now an announcement made on the club’s Facebook page confirmed it will be closing its doors in the New Year.

However, its co-owner says no official confirmation will be made until the end of a 30 day consultation period for the estimated 40 staff it

employs has taken place.

Posting on the social networking website, Sue Magee, the club’s designated premises supervisor, said: “It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce Rumours and Hush will be closing it’s door in the New Year.

“I’ve made some fantastic friends over the 22 years, and got some amazing memories to cherish.

“It’s a fantastic achievement to have lasted 30 years, and it’s a testament to all the staff who have worked hard over the years.

“Words cannot describe how we are all feeling right now, as it’s almost like an end of an era.

“The management team just want to say thank you to all the staff for sticking by us and leaving with our heads held high.”

The venue, which also includes the ground floor Hush club, is on the market with Duxburys Commercial, which is advertising the four storey nightspot as being for sale with a guide price of £975,000.

Rumours opened in 1983 and became famous for its scantily-clad bar staff.

Peter Rickson, who is co-owner of the nightclub along with the Whitlow family, said: “What Sue has said is pretty well where we are.

“There is a consultation period, we are now considering redundancy and we are entering that consultation period.

“It is likely to close but we can’t make a final decision until this period is over. The 30 day period will start at the beginning of

January.

“I tried to put together a package for rebranding but the other shareholders did not agree with that.”

Resort pub bosses have warned more nightclub closures could follow should Blackpool Council give the green light for plans to implement an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO), which would see clubs and bars banned from serving alcohol after 3am.

A hearing on the plan, which was due to take place earlier this month, has been adjourned until the new year.

Craig Southall, chairman of Blackpool Pubwatch, said: “It’s a shame for Blackpool because it’s quite an iconic venue that’s been around for a number of years.

“It illuminates the fact that this is a tough time that the industry is having in Blackpool.

“These job losses are a sign of things to come if EMRO does come in.

“We need all the help and support that we can get, but this is a shame and a bit of a shock.”

Rumours will be open as usual on New Year’s Eve and DJs will perform throughout the night during the venue’s opening hours of 10pm to 4am.

The Whitlow family has declined to comment.

 

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