Saying farewell to venue

Stephen Pierre is saying goodbye to Nellie Deans.

Stephen Pierre is saying goodbye to Nellie Deans.

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A bar owner is to mark his departure from a town centre venue by holding a charity night.

Stephen Pierre is staging a Farewell to Nellie Deans Party starting at 1pm on Sunday, July 21.

Stephen Pierre is saying goodbye to Nellie Deans.

Stephen Pierre is saying goodbye to Nellie Deans.

A new operator is set to take over at the nightspot after Mr Pierre decided to end his tenancy agreement in order to concentrate on his other Blackpool venture, The Galleon Bar, on Abingdon Street.

Mr Pierre said: “It will be very poignant because Nellie Deans means a lot to me.

“It was where I started out as an entertainer in Blackpool during my first summer season in 1988.

“We have done our bit and had a very successful two years, but Blackpool is changing and it is time to move on.

“However I wanted to bow out gracefully so have decided to hold a charity night to mark the end of my time at Nellie Deans.

“We are going to have entertainment from Showbiz Kids. It will be a sad day but it should also be a great event.

“I will be concentrating all my efforts on The Galleon Bar which is continuing to do extremely well.”

The charity event will also be raising money for Kai Hogkinson, from Fleetwood.

Four-year-old Kai has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, which means he is unable to walk unaided.

An appeal has been launched to raise money towards surgery in America.

Children, accompanied by adults, will be allowed to attend the charity night until 8pm.

Paul Turner, area business manager for Thwaites brewery, which owns Nellie Deans, said: “Mr Pierre has a tenancy agreement and has decided not to renew it for Nellie Deans and has asked us to release him from the agreement.

“A new operator will be going in permanently on July 22.

“Stephen has been a superb operator and has done very well. He is an award-winning operator.”

Mr Pierre, who announced his decision to leave Nellie Deans last week, has blamed a downturn in seasonal trade, the prospects of an Early Morning Alcohol Restriction Order and the bad publicity from the 999 What’s Your Emergency TV show for his decision.

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