Blackpool club's boss denies fight report
The owner of a Blackpool nightclub has denied claims a '˜fight' cut short filming by reality TV show Geordie Shore.
Cast members from the programme were at Home and HQ, in Talbot Road, to film an upcoming episode and, despite reports in the national press, finished filming and went away happy, Mark Nordwind said.
“They were filming in the VIP area and everything was successful,” he said. “They did not cut filming short because of an incident. It’s absolute rubbish.”
Geordie Shore was famously rejected from filming in Blackpool four years ago, over fears the hit MTV show would lead to unsavoury headlines. ButMark said: “I think people will see the cast having a good time.
They filmed at Home on Thursday and HQ on Friday, and you could not hear it but you could see them having a good time. It will show the club in a very good light.”
Police said they were called to the club at around 2am on Saturday because “someone was unhappy they were being ejected from the club,” though Mark insisted there had been “no fight whatsoever.” He added: “It was a really successful night ... and everyone had an amazing time.”
Mark’s father Mike said he leaves the running of the club to his son, but said Geordie Shore staff wanted the smoke machine off, the music turned down, and the VIP area to themselves. And when asked whether he would allow them to film at Home and HQ again, Mark said: “That remains to be seen.”
Show bosses had hoped to film a day out in Blackpool for the programme’s ninth series in 2014 but were knocked back by town hall bosses, stung by the fall-out from the 999: What’s Your Emergency? documentary.
After the Channel Four show, a group was set up between the council and attraction and business groups to ensure Blackpool was portrayed as positively and fairly as possible.
A spokeswoman for the council said the majority of filming took place inside the club – private premises – though the town hall agreed to filming in public areas, thought to be ‘general views of Blackpool’.
A show insider said the cast and production team had left by the time police arrived. “We had all the correct licences to be there,” they said.