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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Penrith clubbers grab slice of room full of memories

Hundreds of reminiscing nightclub goers packed out their favourite nightspot one last time to get their hands on a piece of memorabilia.

Toppers sale photo
From shirts to sofas, fruit machines to screens, it all had to go

Toppers nightclub in Penrith reopened its doors to the public inviting people to snap up their own piece of the venue’s history.

A range of items were on offer from staff shirts to sofas, fruit machines and even school ties. The Southend Road venue was sold to pub chain Wetherspoon’s and current owner Simon Nutter, 56, must vacate the premises in the next two weeks.

He said: “A lot of people were coming in just to reminisce about Toppers and want something to remember it by. A lot of them grew up with Toppers here and they just wanted a piece of it.

“A good deal of the stuff has gone, some people don’t want the other bits but it has definitely been worth doing.”

Among the big sellers were bar optics, something that Mr Nutter said is part of the problem. “A lot of the optics were being bought so they must have their own bars at home,” he said. “People are drinking at home which is part of the problem as to why we are closing.”

The former nightclub is to become a Wetherspoon pub, named The Dog Beck after a watercourse that runs nearby.

With some stock still remaining the club will be running another open day on Sunday between 11am and 4pm in the hope that the final pieces of old stock are sold.

“We still have doorman jackets and lots of other items,” he added. “Somebody could open a disco if they wanted to. It just helps us with everything we have to do with paying our bills off.”

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