Burnley nightclub closes down for 'unique' makeover

Club owner Mick Cookson (right)

Club owner Mick Cookson (right)

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A BURNLEY nightclub has closed its doors for the final time after 14 years in the town, but is set to be replaced by a ‘unique concept’ as part of a £200,000 makeover.

The popular Posh nightclub, in Ormerod Street, closed down last weekend after owner Mick Cookson decided Burnley needed something different.

In around four weeks time he hopes to open a new club in the same location, with a Polynesian theme.

“I just think the town needs something new,” said Mr Cookson.

“Less people are going out and that is because it is the same old bars, with the same feel and the same atmosphere.

“We could still pull the crowds in at Posh but I thought if nobody else is going to do something different then we will.

“This is a unique concept. We want people to come in earlier, we’ll be open from 9pm, and it will be about entertainment as well as having a drink.

“You can have a drink in any old bar, but if you entertain people then they will keep coming back for more.”

The new club will feature plenty of bamboo, an island bar with dance floors around the outside and plenty of new technology, with live images beamed to big screens.

Mr Cookson, who also used to run Panama Joe’s and Mean Cat Daddies, also plans on introducing live music to the new venue.

“We’re looking at a quick turnaround,” he said.

“We had people in on Monday morning and we’ve made good progress so far.

“We want to open in around four weeks, certainly not much longer than that.”

Mr Cookson also runs his own design business, and has designed bars and clubs across the world, including the exclusive Funky Buddha in London’s Mayfair district.

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