Fight is on to save iconic venue

The former Syndicate nightclub on Church Street in Blackpool, which is scheduled for demolition
The former Syndicate nightclub on Church Street in Blackpool, which is scheduled for demolition
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CAMPAIGNERS are to fight plans to demolish the former Syndicate nightclub and put a car park on the site.

They want to preserve the building, which once housed the ABC Cinema where stars including The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix famously performed.

One suggestion is to convert the Church Street venue into an entertainment museum.

A Facebook campaign has already attracted around 1,500 supporters, while more than 1,000 people have signed an online petition.

Now a public meeting has been arranged for Monday, January 14 at 6.30pm, at a town centre venue yet to be confirmed.

Steve Brennan, of Buddiez American Diner on Topping Street, Blackpool, said: “There is a huge amount of anger about this.

“We are in the process of contacting anyone alive who played there from Paul McCartney and Cilla Black through to Genesis, to get on board and fight this.

“Thirty years ago the council were behind the plans to knock the Grand Theatre down as they couldn’t see a purpose for it.

“I am sure they are glad it was saved, and it is the same story with this building.”

Former Blackpool councillor Jon Bamborough is also supporting the campaign.

He said: “It doesn’t make any sense to knock it down.

“A superclub has had its day, but what we do need is a multi-purpose venue which can hold anything from concerts to conferences.”

Gill Payne, who has launched an online petition available at www.change.org, said: “To demolish this building would destroy a very important and historical part of Blackpool’s heritage.”

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