A popular Blackpool bar is finally set to re-open today – just months after it was threatened with extinction.
Town centre bar the Blue Room shut its doors to punters in July after facing struggles seen by many independently run pubs in a recession, but the Church Street venue is to re-open this evening with a music night, to the joy of landlord Roger Binney.
Mr Binney said: “All told we’ve invested a five-figure sum in getting the place back on track. We’re also employing 15 people.
“I’m really pleased and excited about it now. Since we announced we are re-opening, we’ve had a tremendous show of support. People seem delighted it will open again.”
The venue, opposite the former Syndicate nightclub, was famed for the wide range of bands it put on, a tradition Mr Binney plans to continue.
He added: “We’re got three bands performing tonight and plan to have a new public announcement system installed next week to boost the atmosphere even more.”
A spokesman for the pub’s owners, Enterprise Inns, added: “During the pub’s short closure, Enterprise has invested in the site which has included a redecoration of the trading areas, refurbishment of the toilets, and the purchase of the new PA system.
“The aim is to make the Blue Room once again the premier entertainment venue in Blackpool with a reputation as a friendly pub with a focus on food and drink during the day, becoming the music venue in town at night.
“We would like to invite customers old and new to drop by the Blue Room.”
The Blue Room – part of the resort’s music scene
The Church Street venue has been in Blackpool for around 150 years.
It was originally known as The Stanley Arms, but became known as the Blue Room around the time it became popular with students.
As well as being the birthplace of the live music careers of some of Blackpool’s best loved bands and musicians – including Rae Morris and Karima Francis – the Blue Room is also, famously, the birthplace of Blackpool FC.