IT is the end of an era for rock venue The Tache – but club-goers certainly made sure its closing night was one of its most memorable.
Hundreds of rock lovers flocked to the club on Cookson Street to raise a glass to the legendary venue before its doors were shut for a final time to make way for the £250m Central Business District development.
Town hall chiefs have agreed to pay out £400,000 to buy the freehold of The Tache in a move which will pave the way for new council offices.
Ronald Blunden, who has run The Tache – which employs 18 staff – since 1989, said there were tears of sadness from customers as they reminisced with friends during Saturday’s closing party.
He said: “It’s sad – there have been tears from people.
“Kids come in and tell me this is where their parents met – it’s been a big part of people’s lives and they have a lot of memories here.
“I’ve known people to even get engaged and have their wedding receptions here.
“I’m going to miss the old crowd – thanks for the memories.”
Around 650 tickets were purchased for the sell-out closing party.
Krawl and Pink Hearse were on the line-up to perform on the final night at the venue – which has attracted bands from all over the world, including Paul Di’Anno from Iron Maiden.
Derek Winnard, 63, from Layton, said: “I’ve been coming since the 80s – I used to come every weekend. I wouldn’t miss the last night.
“It’s the only place in town where there is rock. It’s not the smartest place in the world but it’s the music we come for.
“It’s a shame it’s closing – it’s the end of an era.”
The run-down building will be demolished early next year but John Weber, a joint licensee at The Tache, is taking the name and rock music to a new venue – Beat nightclub, above the Rose and Crown on Corporation Street, which is owned by former mayor Robert Wynne.
Tache regular Becky Emery, 19, from Marton, said: “We’ll miss the sticky carpet but at least we still have somewhere to go.”
Mike Cole, 19, from Thornton, said: “We have had some awesome times here. The Tache is immortal, it will never die.” And Dani Cooper, 23, from Marton, said: “It’s a bad time that it’s closing – I’ve met all the people I know here. It’s our second home.”