Ma Kelly makes it a hat-trick

Manager of Ma Kelly's on Talbot Road, Blackpool, Mick Sugden with showgirls
Manager of Ma Kelly's on Talbot Road, Blackpool, Mick Sugden with showgirls
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The Ma Kelly’s empire is expanding, with entrepreneur Paul Kelly opening his third outlet in Blackpool.

Joining the original Ma Kelly’s on Foxhall Road and Ma Kelly’s at the former Station Hotel on Talbot Road is Ma Kelly’s Stanley Arms on Chapel Street.

Award-winning manager Mick Sugden will be overseeing the new look cabaret bar, which reopens on Monday – the third time he has been at the helm of the popular Thwaites owned venue.

“We are re-opening with a big party night on Monday and then it’s business as usual, using the same policy as the other Ma Kelly branches,” said Mick.

“That’s a mixture of live entertainment and karaoke all day and evening every day we are open. It’s a policy which Paul started at the Foxhall site, and it has proved just as popular in the centre of town.”

The basement Frankie’s Bar will keep its original name, but with a change in policy and opening hours.

DJ and radio presenter Ian Calvert will be in charge of what will now be a feeder bar for Ma Kelly’s, as well as a place to go after the ground floor has closed.

“Pubs are closing every week up and down the country, so it’s great that in Blackpool we have a successful locally-based company working hard to give the public what they want,” said Ian who will be launching band nights in the basement venue later this month as well as a talent competition, karaoke and 70s and 80s party music.

The cabaret policy at all three venues appeals to a client base which had previously been ignored,” added Mick.

“They want more from their pub visit and they want a safe environment,” he said.

“Our two major expenses are live entertainment and security.”

Ma Kelly’s Stanley Arms Monday re-launch features entertainment from The Manhattans and Diane Lee Carol, the Ma Kelly Showgirls plus guest comedian and host Scott Gallagher.