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The Pier Nightspot at Wigan Pier

The Pier Nightspot at Wigan Pier

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ONE of the country’s most well-known nightclubs is to close its doors for good.

Wigan Pier Nightspot has been a part of Wigan’s music scene since the late 1970s and today, owner Darshan Sidhu confirmed that the venue will cease trading tonight.

Peaking in the mid-1990s, the Pier was known and loved for the dance and rave anthems it regularly played until the early hours.

Often taking criticism for the customers it attracted and the loud music, the Pier pulled in up to 800 ravers every Friday and Saturday night.

Since the recession hit and new owners took over, door numbers dwindled with little over 100 people attending the club.

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The club came under fire two years ago when residents of the new Trencherfield apartments complained about the noise forcing its owners to turn down the sound.

Many club-goers including Mr Sidhu believe this led to the demise of the venue. He said: “It is really sad that it has come to this but we tried our best for so long.

“We got so many complaints about the noise and had to turn it down so low that it wasn’t good enough to still run as a club.

“We fought for as long as we could but we were put in a very difficult situation.

“The Pier was known for its bassy music but we couldn’t have that in the end.

“We are grateful for the people that came to the club though and made it what it was.”

David Henderson was the licensee and managed the club for 21 years.

He said: “Wigan Pier was an institution to so many people.

“I can remember the place being full to capacity every Friday and Saturday night with coach loads of people coming from Scotland every weekend.

“Everybody loved coming to the Pier as it was run professionally and safely.

“People want to go to a club to dance to loud music and that’s what they were able to do there.

“Sometimes we opened at 8pm and if you weren’t there by 9pm, you couldn’t get in - it was that popular.

“It’s so sad that it has come to this but there are many reasons as to why this has happened such as the economic climate and the smoking ban.”

Current DJs will be celebrating an end of an era this evening with the ‘Last Chance to Dance’ from 8pm.

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