‘Staff committed to running bar safely’

Thousands of revellers visit the Tower Lounge each weekend. Below: Kenny Mew.

Thousands of revellers visit the Tower Lounge each weekend. Below: Kenny Mew.

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The boss of popular Blackpool bar the Tower Lounge insists the venue should not be judged by its reputation.

Following The Gazette’s undercover look at daytime drinking in the resort in response to proposals for an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO), Kenny Mew, operations manager of Blackpool Tower Lounge, has hit back saying the venue’s team of 40 staff is committed to running it in a safe manner.

Kenny Mew, operations manager of Blackpool Tower Lounge.

Kenny Mew, operations manager of Blackpool Tower Lounge.

He said: “We understand we are not in the most ideal area but we are doing everything we can to make the venue a safe place.

“People view the Tower Lounge negatively because of its reputation over the years but all that has now changed.

“We have a product that people want and it is our priority to run it in a safe manner.”

Blackpool Council is looking at introducing an EMRO, which would ban boozing after 3am on 14 town centre streets.

The Tower Lounge gets between 3,000 and 10,000 visitors, mainly tourists, through its doors each weekend depending on the weather.

A dedicated security team of up to 12 doormen oversee the venue and staff do their best to keep shoppers and revellers separate.

Mr Mew added: “Up until 5.30pm we do not allow customers to exit the bar along Bank Hey Street.

“We do this so we don’t upset the town centre retailers. We have a separate smoking area on Victoria Street that also keeps the daytime drinkers away from the shoppers.

“However, we are not the only daytime drinking establishment. Within a 100 yards of our front doors there are at least six venues who also have their part to play.

“The Tower Lounge staff has a good relationship with the police and the licensing officers. We are committed to delivering good standards. We are doing the best we can with the product we have, it’s supply and demand.”

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