Legendary rock venue saved

The Tache nightclub, Cookson Street. Blackpool
The Tache nightclub, Cookson Street. Blackpool
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LANDMARK rock club The Tache has secured a new home.

The club which has been operated on Cookson Street for 31 years was in danger of vanishing following compulsory purchase.

The building will now be demolished early next year but the name will move lock, stock and beer barrel to Beat nightclub, above The Rose and Crown on Corporation Street.

“All the staff, including DJs, bar staff and door staff will keep their jobs and we will do our best to recreate the special Tache atmosphere,” said Beat owner Robert Wynne.

“Bar prices and opening hours will be the same and hopefully the unique Tache customers will stick with us.

“On busy nights we will be open on two floors, just like the current venue.”

Beat will be renamed The Tache and as much of the current décor as possible will move as well.

“We have been working for several months on the project with Tache owner Ron Blunden and we have his full support,” said Mr Wynne.

“We hope to be true to The Tache ideals but also add to them with regular rock band nights, hopefully with some big out of town bands.”

The original Tache will hold a celebratory final night on November 19 and hundreds of tickets have already been sold with many former Tache regulars heading back from far and wide to pay a final visit.

It will re-open five days later in its new home.

“I am delighted that The Tache is carrying on and that all the staff and DJs are safe in their jobs,” said Mr Blunden.

Security manager John Weber, who has been at the Tache for 17 years and who will be a partner in the new venue said: “I have been looking after The Tache customers for years, taking their pictures and making sure they are safe and I will be looking forward to doing the same at the new site.”