The reopening of a popular nightspot, just months after it was threatened with extinction, has been hailed a storming success.
Town centre bar the Blue Room shut its doors in July as one of many pubs and bars struggling in the recession, but the venue on Church Street reopened with a bang on Friday night.
Landlord Roger Binney said: “It was excellent. There were a couple of hundred people in there, if not more, right from when the doors opened until 2am.
“It was full of the old regulars as well as some new faces. Everything was really positive.
“I reckon next weekend will be even bigger.”
The reopening saw revellers entertained by musicians April Keen, Jekyll, Dust and The Atmospherics.
New manager Ben Holland, 28, said: “It was a really, really good night.
“It was packed out right from when we opened to when we closed and we’ve had some really positive remarks.
“We never stopped working but it was great and the four artists went down really well.
“With the Blue Room being shut since July I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but clearly people wanted us to open and there were a lot more people there on Friday than we expected.
“There were a lot of old faces in the crowd, but we’ve got some new clientele through the doors as well.
“We’re all really looking forward to the future – hopefully things are looking blue.”
The Enterprise Inns-owned venue, opposite the former Syndicate nightclub, had a reputation for the wide range of bands it put on.
It’s a tradition Mr Binney hopes to continue.
He said: “On Saturday we have the Sound of the Superstrings and their Campfire Sing-a-long.
“It’s a band that has a massive following but they haven’t played together for two and a half years.”
Mr Binney said also billed for the evening was musician Laura Catlow.
He added: “If it continues like it did on the opening night I will be over the moon.
“This is something everyone can be really excited about.”