New era for axed art deco Tavern

The former Music Hall Tavern in Blackpool is being converted to flats

The former Music Hall Tavern in Blackpool is being converted to flats

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A former Blackpool nightclub is on course for a new lease of life as swish apartments.

Builders have moved in at what was the Music Hall Tavern on Church Street to convert the art deco building into 10 new homes.

The £1m scheme, being carried out by Majestic Properties in partnership with DY Property Services, also includes the adjoining former K2 venue on Leopold Grove.

Darren Yates, of DY Property Services, based on Church Street, said: “We’re aiming to create a high quality development and four of the apartments will have roof gardens.

“More and more people are living in city centres now and these will be high quality urban apartments.

“We are keeping all the original features of the building, which will be white with the windows in black, and it should look really trendy.

“We have already got a lot of interest from people.”

Mr Yates said it was hoped the scheme, which was granted planning permission earlier this year, would be completed by August next year.

The building started life as a gas showroom before being used as a nightclub.

It was run as an old style music hall by Patricia Higginbottom, known as Miss Patricia, but closed suddenly in 2000.

Singer Joe Longthorne then fronted the venue for a few years.

But it was hit by a number of setbacks including in 2003 when entertainer Danny La Rue pulled out of a late summer season at the last minute.

It eventually closed in October 2012 when it was last used as a rock venue.

The Ma Kelly’s group considered opening a sports-themed bar in the building but pulled out of the scheme.