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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Shock as working men’s club is put on the market

THE potential sale of a working men’s club has been described as a “bombshell” by committee members.

By Will Metcalfe and Giles Brown

News the British Workman’s Club, known as the Kill One, had been put on the market by owners Carlsberg only reached the club committee when it spotted an advert for the venue on Wednesday.

Committee members were staggered to learn the club in Duke Street, Barrow, could be sold from “under” them.

They had hoped to learn more yesterday, having invited a representative from Carlsberg to an emergency meeting, but no one from the brewery attended.

It is believed the club has been put up for sale due to poor beer sales. Commercial property firm Colliers International has not specified a price but is inviting offers for the club.

One member of the committee told the Evening Mail: “The meeting went ahead but we’re waiting for Carlsberg to send somebody down because until they come down we don’t know anything. They were asked if they would send somebody but we will hopefully meet over the next few weeks.

“We’ve got to speak to Carlsberg to see what intel we can get from them before we know anything.”

Just 63 of the club’s 340 members attended yesterday’s meeting.

One committee member, who did not wish to be named, was unable to say if a campaign to save the club would be established.

He added: “It’s down to a lack of people coming in and using the facilities.

“Every week the numbers are different, depending on who is using the facilities or what games (pool and darts) are at home.

“It is the same old people that come in regularly. Long gone are the days of people coming out of Vickers and having a couple of pints, going home for tea and then going back out.

“It’s cheaper to go to Tesco and buy three crates of beer for £20 than to go down to the local.”

The club could be the latest of a string of working men’s clubs to close in Barrow, following the Travellers Rest and the Conservative Club, both in Abbey Road.

If the brewery did sell the premises the committee member believes it would mean the club would cease to exist.

“I would say that would be the end of the club,” he said.

He added: “It was a bombshell.

“It’s hard work paying bills but we have got by. Some people are willing to wait (for their money), some are not.”

Carlsberg were contacted by the Evening Mail but did not respond by the time this edition went to print.

Have your say

When all you moaners stop and think,we do not live in sunny climes or have laughter and banter over a pint in the local,either a pub or club as yester year.
When more of these establishments have closed down,where do you go other than sit in front of a box,going brain dead,moody and
wishing for shangrila places of a long past era of life.
Now playing on your play station, or on the net,making friends across the air waves,but never meeting them in person.
Pubs and clubs were the hub of life,pity it is now Face Book by image or message,with cryptic message degrading some poor person
for a laugh.
If you moaners think that is fun,I rest my case,because in my time of enjoying life, it was spent in the PUB- Betting Shops - Clubs,watching and playing Rugby,now that I am in my seventies and sit in front of the box,doodling and thinking of the past in a depressive mood,though I do travel and meet up with many people my age,and where ever they come from in Britain,they all talk about the past life of great pubs,clubs,and like that has been eroded from the British life.
Todays youngsters in my my area do nothing but sit on the steps around the market square,depressed and clueless what life is all about,boozed up on cheap cans of lager from the super markets.
It is like that in many towns across the country.
The laughter is going out of life.

Posted by Dicky on 10 November 2012 at 17:20

Dicky,stop spouting the well rehearsed mantra that prevails in the media so often peddled by publicans alike who say that supermarkets are helping to kill pubs,-they are not-got that!,they most certainly are not.The cold hard facts of the matter are that it is the price of the beer in pubs that is so extortionately high brought about by breweries who care not a jot for the working class and are responsible to their shareholders for ever increasing profits and,governments that have for so long now been made up of in the main hooray henries that would rather a..e about with a bottle of wine,and don't know what it means to be part of a working class who's social culture was,as you say,centred around the local pub with emphasis on the word 'social'.
Police commissioner's and Youngsters cannot be linked to this debate and must be kept as a separate issue less smudging the very ethos of the point,and playing into the beer escalators hands.

Posted by Ram on 8 November 2012 at 20:53

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