SOUTH Shore has a brand new social club from tonight.
Housed in the former Motor Club, and more recently Riffs rock venue, the Station Road Social Club is the dream come true of four friends and now business partners, who feel there is a gap in the market for a mid-sized, locally run venue with nightly entertainment and plenty of sports activities.
Shaun Allinson, John Slater, Tommy Mulhall and Freda Magee are teaming their talents to run the club which they have gutted and revamped ready for tonight’s opening, starring Nicky Newsome and Miss Sugar.
“Everything seems geared towards younger drinkers these days, so we thought we would open somewhere where older drinkers could go too – whilst keeping things family friendly and giving people something different to a pub environment,” said John, who will be acting as steward.
“We all like a drink, but mostly we like the clubland atmosphere and that’s what we want to create here, with something different on every night,” said Tommy, who will be looking after the sports and bingo side of things.
“We’ve all got some sort of clubland and licensed trade experience and we are working as a team,” said Shaun, who works as an entertainer, DJ and hotelier.
As for Freda, she says, as assistant secretary, she will be “keeping the others in order.”
As well as its cabaret lounge, there is a fully equipped games room for snooker, pool and darts and a children’s area.
A CIU registered venue, they are hoping to link up with other clubs throughout the country to attract visiting members on holiday or business visits to the town.
“We aren’t tied to a brewery so we aim to be very competitively priced,” said Shaun. “There has already been a lot of local interest in the place.”
The Station Road Social Club will be open from 7pm until midnight every night from tonight.