Win VIP tickets for Copacabana

Copacabana for Weekend. Pictured are Pete Schofield and Claire McDowall.
Copacabana for Weekend. Pictured are Pete Schofield and Claire McDowall.
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How would like to open Blackpool’s newest venue and choose the first ever tune played there?

That’s just part of an exclusive prize to be won in a competition being run by Duke’s Diary in conjunction with Copacabana, Blackpool’s new over 25s venue which opens on Clifton Street, next Thursday.

It’s a money can’t buy competition, offering the winner the chance to choose and play the first ever song to be featured at Copacabana; VIP tickets to the opening night; a bottle of champagne; access to the VIP area; a meal for two at a restaurant on the night; the chance to press play and announce the venue officially open, and a souvenir framed photo of the event.

All you have to do is correctly answer the following question.

What was the name of the showgirl in Barry Manilow’s hit song Copacabana?

Send your entry to guest to arrive no later than noon on Monday, March 26, and include a convenient telephone number. The winner will be notified by a representative of the venue’s operators West End Leisure.

Experienced Blackpool bar and club operators Peter Schofield and Dominic Herdman have been recruited by the fledgling Hertfordshire-based leisure company to re-invent the former Kartels (previously Schofields) on Clifton Street.

The former 750-capacity ground floor venue has been converted into the more intimate and comfortable Copacabana – aimed at the discerning over-25s market.

Avoiding young drinkers and overcrowding, Copacabana will be aimed at customers over 25, with significant seating, restaurant style service and entertainment to match.

“Copacabana will pay homage to some of the great clubs of the 50s and 60s,” said Peter. “It will be a venue with atmosphere at a fraction of the old capacity, with significant amounts of fixed seating and comfortable furniture. Décor will have an emphasis on warmth and intimate sophistication which underlines our commitment to customer service.”

The preview weekend for the Copacabana is next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The country’s leading Adele tribute act – Olivia Leigh – is booked for its opening night on March 29.

Disco stars Odyssey follow on Friday and tributes to Michael Buble, Diana Ross, Beyonce and Whitney Houston are also featured in its opening weeks. Other acts include The Real Thing and Gwen Dickie from Rose Royce,

A second phase is due to come on stream from May with the upstairs area being dedicated to Northern Soul nights.