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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Well-known Barrow working men’s club set to close its doors

TIME has been called on a long-established Barrow working men’s club which closes this weekend.

The British Workmans Club, known as The Kill One, will shut on Saturday.

The closure announcement, of what is understood to be Barrow’s oldest working men’s club, was made at a meeting on Sunday.

The Evening Mail reported in November that the Duke Street club was up for sale. Initial reports said brewery Carlsberg had put the premises up for sale due to poor beer sales. However, Carlsberg revealed it is only one of a number of creditors owed a “substantial amount of money” by the club.

The club’s committee had looked at ways to rescue the club, such as trying to buy it, but this was unachievable.

Although there are around 300 members of the club, many of them have only been very occasional visitors and it had struggled to make money. Around 40 people attended the final meeting.

Colin Park, a committee member for the past year and a club member for a number of years, said: “The club will be closing at midnight on Saturday. It’s sad that it’s going, but there is no way. There are a lot of gutted life long members.

“The debt has accumulated over the years. It is more than £200,000.”

Mr Park said The Kill One has two full-time staff and six part-time staff.

On the club’s Facebook page a posting has been made saying: “I am very sad to let everyone know the Killone will be shutting its doors for the last time Saturday 5th January a big thank you to everyone that has supported the club it will be a sad day, well wishes from all the staff & committee. Jill Dixon, Joanne Jacques, Alison Park, Nikki Roberts, Dawn Denby, Dez Rogers (bar staff) x x x .”

The darts, snooker and card playing leagues were looking for alternative venues to complete their seasons.

The club was based in Hindpool Road from 1933, at the site where Blockbusters stands.

It then moved to The Strand in 1996, but made way for the Morrisons store. In 2002 the club moved to Duke Street in what was Barrow’s former labour exchange. The grand opening night for members took place on May 18, 2002.

Have your say

Hindpool lad, you ruined your whole argument with the odious expression ' go figure'.
This is England!

Posted by Nded on 12 January 2013 at 18:48

As an expat Barrovian, I seem to remember that the main problem with this club was the difficulties with becoming a member.
I also wonder why every time there is a story concerning Clubs or pubs, they are used as a forum for Smokers to say that it is all due to the smoking ban. It isn't and more people now go to good pubs than ever before. The only pubs etc which have closed were less than modern.People such as myself living in London go to pubs for good food and good beer. I am ever grateful that I can go home without stinking of cigarette smoke.

Posted by Willie on 8 January 2013 at 16:34

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