Final call for one of last great clubs

Last night at the Layton Institute.  Ska Face perform.

Last night at the Layton Institute. Ska Face perform.

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EMOTIONAL members of a famous club paid tribute to their second home on its closing night.

Current and past members of Layton Institute joined family and friends as they said farewell to an integral part of their community.

Once considered a major venue for household names to entertain audiences in Blackpool, the Westcliffe Drive club is closing after 99 years due to a lack of funds.

And many current members recalled happier times representing the club’s football, snooker and darts teams.

Ray Fleetwood, 64, now lives in Bispham, but has been visiting the club since 1965.

He said: “It is like having something amputated.

“I’ve been coming here four or five nights a week for 30 years and I don’t know where I’m going to go now.

“We get together to play a lot of snooker and all my favourite memories here are from socialising with my friends.

Shame

“It’s had the best entertainment you could ask for and it’s a shame to see the back of this place.”

For the rest of the story see today’s Gazette.