Club is back on the scene after buy-out by members

The Brunswick Working Men's Club

The Brunswick Working Men's Club

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A Blackpool working men’s club which gave the Nolans their first break has returned to the scene after a financial crisis.

The Brunswick Club on Bethesda Road, Blackpool, went into liquidation last year and was forced to close its doors.

The club had been a favourite venue for up-and-coming entertainers in the resort for more than half a century.

In the 70s the young Nolan sisters were given their first chance to appear on stage at the club.

Now the re-dubbed New Brunswick Club has opened its doors once more after being bought by a group of regulars led by former member Jeff Chapman.

And Mr Chapman – a former off-licence owner – has high hopes of getting the club back to its former glories.

He said: “We have formed a new limited company to run the club and we want everyone to know that we are back in business.

“I have been a member for 46 years and have seen some great acts at the Brunswick.

“The club has recently celebrated its 5oth anniversary and we want to make sure as many of the old members as possible come back.

“I believe there is definitely still a place for a genuine working men’s club in town and with a little help we can make sure the place flourishes. When the club went into liquidation, we couldn’t just stand by and do nothing so we decided to buy the place and run it ourselves.

“The only problem we have is that people may not know we are back and open for business, but we are confident people will return.”