A popular social club forced to shut after more than 60 years is getting ready to be put back on the map.
A new committee has been hard at work getting the old Phoenix Club, on Fleetwood Road, Bispham, into shape after the Norcross Social Club was forced to disband.
The Norcross Road club on the Department for Work and Pensions site, shut its doors in August after the civil service transferred workers to other sites.
And after it became clear the club’s parent body, the Health and Safety Recreational Association, would not be able to help find a new home, a new one was set up.
The New Norcross Social Club is independent and contains a mixture of new members and stalwarts of the old site before it shut.
Committee chairman Dave Perry said a lot of effort has already gone into preparing the new building, with the work expected to cost between £10,000 and £15,000 by the time it is finished.
He said: “I put out a DIY SOS call and had electricians, painters and joiners all coming in and helping out.
“We were just hoping for a cosmetic refit but we have had to have a lot of rewiring done and new lighting put in.”
He said he hoped to have the club open for business by the end of November.
Mr Perry added: “Members put their money up front, which was a big help and we have had a lot of support from the local community.
“We have just short of 400 members at the moment.
“The amount of interest is unbelievable and the function side of it has really taken off.
“We have got bookings right up until next June.”