Fans’ bar forces pub landlady to call time

Landlady of The Bloomfield pub Lynda Wade, who says that she may have to close because of a loss of trade since the Seasiders Bar opened at Blackpool's ground
Landlady of The Bloomfield pub Lynda Wade, who says that she may have to close because of a loss of trade since the Seasiders Bar opened at Blackpool's ground
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A LANDLADY claims the opening of a new football supporters bar is set to kick her business into touch.

Lynda Wade has invested £30,000 breathing new life into the Bloomfield pub on Ansdell Road.

She re-opened the hostelry, which has long standing links with Blackpool FC, in last June after it had closed down under a former licensee.

But now she says match day takings have halved since the club opened the new Seasiders Bar at its Bloomfield Road stadium in February.

Now Lynda says she will leave the pub in October.

She said: “My takings have halved since the club opened its own supporters bar which means I’m losing around £2,000 in match day takings.

“The Bloomfield is not in the holiday area so I have to rely solely on locals for my trade. But they can’t keep the pub alive and the trade on match days is vital.

“The club has had all that money from the Premier League so do they really need to rob decent landlords of their livelihoods?

“I can’t survive and have handed my notice in to leave in October. I love the pub but I can’t keep throwing money at it.

“I have invested about £30,000 on improvements, a new kitchen etc. I have been a Blackpool fan for 15 years and have always been a passionate supporter, but where is my support when I need it?”

But Blackpool FC secretary Matt Williams said the club had always had its own supporters bar.

He said; “Historically we have always had a supporters bar. We have had the Tangerine Club and Morty’s Bar, and it was always in the plans to have a bar as part of the redevelopment of the South Stand. We sympathise with her position but we have always had a supporters bar.”

The Tangerine Club was demolished to make way for the Travelodge which opened on Bloomfield Road in 2008.