A SPARKLING talismanic piece of Blackpool’s history has gone on auction for charity.
For the glitter ball, once suspended from the ceiling of the Blackpool Mecca nightclub, is currently on internet auction site ebay, with just five days of the auction left.
The iconic nightclub closed in 1979 after 10 years as the place to be seen.
On many nights, the club was forced to close its doors as early as 10.30pm with a capacity 4,000 people inside the two-floor venue.
The main floor featured a huge dancefloor area over which the spinning mirrorball was suspended, a revolving stage, separate DJ area and themed bars including the Bali Hi. It was open on Sundays for a disco night and on Mondays for an under 16s evening.
The mirrorball has lost some of its mirrors during the demolition work – but quick-thinking builders removed the ball to help protect it.
The second floor of the club had a smaller room, with a capacity of around 400, which hosted the club’s famous Northern Soul nights.
Rod Allsworth, who puts on the Calling Out Around the World soul nights at Blackpool Football Club was approached by Parkinsons to see if he could auction the piece of history off.
Mr Allsworth said: “Parkinsons had the foresight to remove the famous mirrorball. It is in 95 per cent perfect condition with just a couple of bits of mirror missing. A letter of authenticity will be provided by Parkinsons.
”This is a piece of Blackpool nightlife history which I am sure some lucky person would like to own.
“All of the monies raised will be shared between the NSPCC and Trinity Hospice.
The winning bid – as of yesterday four had been made already – will earn the new owner an invitation to the next Calling Out Around the World event at Blackpool FC on July 2, along with representatives from Parkinsons, the NSPCC and Trinity Hospice.
An original lampshade from the club will also be given to the auction winner.
Anyone interested in bidding for the mirrorball can do so at: http://bit.ly/mSPNsR or by going to www.ebay.co.uk and searching for item 130531721549.