Barrow Engineers Club falls victim to recession
Last updated at 18:04, Wednesday, 25 April 2012
ONE of Barrow’s biggest working men’s clubs has been forced to close due to financial difficulties.
Barrow Engineers Club shut its doors for the final time last night after an unforeseen bill spelled the end of the road for the Abbey Road venue.
The club is owned by its members, but increased running costs and dwindling customers led to the decision to close for good yesterday.
Club secretary Matt Blackburn said: “Unfortunately this is the end for the club.
“It was unforeseen because some bills arrived that none of us knew about, and we thought it was best to get out before we run up any more debt.
“The recession is the reason why it has come to this. We are one of the biggest clubs in town with around 500 members, but because the running costs are high and the fact that people are struggling financially themselves, we have been struggling to put bums on seats for a while.
“I don’t think we’ll be opening again – we are definitely closing for good.”
A last minute farewell concert took place last night, with local singer Denis Horan taking the mic for the last time.
He said: “I was only singing there on Sunday for St George’s Day and it was packed, and I was supposed to be there next week as well.
“It has the best stage in town and you play to 250-plus people. If you go back 30 or 40 years, people used to queue up Abbey Road to get in.
“It’s a shame that places like this are closing down, but times are changing and society’s changing.
“The clubs need to move with the times and the Engineers did. I don’t know what more could have been done, and it’s such a shame that the bills just became too much.
“It’s sad that it has come to this and Barrow’s a poorer place for it.”
Anyone who has outstanding bookings for Dance Masters UK events at the venue is advised to contact the company directly on 01229 343621.
First published at 13:55, Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
The club is open again as normal from this evening I have been informed
Make your comment
- Day of personal triumphs and achievements at Energy for Life Walney Family Fun Run
- Well done to all who took part in the Energy for Life Walney Family Fun Run
- BMX stolen in Ulverston
- Power tools and bike stolen in Millom burglary
- Police investigate Millom assault
- Generous family brings cheer to Barrow school targeted by vandals
- New footbridge in Cumbria is set to open
- Pedestrians shot at by passing motorist in Ulverston (1 comment)
- PHOTOS & VIDEOS: Charity walk to raise money for Ulverston hospice
- Success brewing as Hardknott signs prestigious high street deal
- Pete Wilson - spare us the Ashes sledging
- Crarey hails Raiders' defensive qualities
- Edmo thrilled Simon remains part of his Grand Barrow plan
- Winger exits Barrow AFC
- Askam ace Jake fulfils England goal
- Treasured Barrow booklets returned......45 years later
- Barrow Raiders show true grit to defeat Newcastle Thunder
- Millom CC blow leaders Dalton away
- Barrow CC pro is star with bat and ball
- Barrow Raiders score thrilling win over Newcastle Thunder - with video highlights (3 comments)
- WEDDING ALBUM: Sharna Forsyth and James Tyson
- TRAVEL REVIEW: Venice
- FOOD REVIEW: Punchbowl, Crosthwaite
- Time to forge better deal within the EU
- FOOD REVIEW: The Crown, North Scale, Walney
- TRAVEL REVIEW: Bali
- Toddler fights back from heart surgery
- Garden no safe place for birds
- WEDDING ALBUM: Gemma Jones and Craig Brown
- Let’s unite and take on fight together