Famous Blackpool bar closes

Brannigans on Blackpool Promenade
Brannigans on Blackpool Promenade
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ONE of Blackpool’s most famous bars has closed

Once the staple of a night out in the town centre drinking circuit, the Market Street bar has ceased operating after parent company Cougar Leisure Ltd crashed into administration.

Administrators Begbies Traynor has closed the premises, which have been under offer from a mystery buyer for some time.

The bar is for sale at an asking price of £1.6m, but if a sale goes through, it is unlikely the Brannigans branding will remain.

Former workers today reacted with sadness.

Paul Schofield, who was the DJ at the bar from 1989 to 1999, said: “Brannigans was a fantastic bar which enjoyed many years of success.

“It’s a very sad loss because I have some of my best memories there.

“Everyone in the leisure industry is struggling at the moment, but if we provide quality bars to a high standard we will be all right.”

Dominic Herdman, a former manager of the bar, now general manager at nearby Che Bar, said the opening of other bars in different areas had meant there was stiff competition for the traditional Market Street trade.

He added: “Brannigans was not a loss-making business, it was just in a loss-making company. Out of season there is more than enough bars so I don’t think anyone has an issue.

“I’ve worked in Blackpool most of my career and we have lots of quite large and old fashioned bars, but the industry has changed.”

No plans have been finalised as to the future of the site.

A spokesman for Begbies Traynor said: “We can confirm contracts were recently exchanged for a sale of the company’s interest in the property and we anticipate completion in the near future.”