Last orders called at Derby Labour club

TIME has been called on a Labour club which has existed in Bolton for more than 90 years.

Derby Ward Labour Club in Deane Road has ceased trading, with former club bosses blaming changing drinking habits and the recession for its demise.

Accountants CLB Coopers, based in Manchester, have been appointed as liquidators and four staff have lost their jobs.

The club had existed since 1921 and had between 350 and 400 members, but its Deane Road premises has already been sold by the brewery — one of the club’s major creditors.

Diane Hill, business restructuring and insolvency partner at CLB Coopers, said: “I will be writing individually to all of the members, and anyone who is owed money by the club, to explain what happens next and how the club’s affairs will be wound up.

“The club is unable to pay its debts, it is insolvent and as there is no appropriate rescue procedure available it will now go through a formal liquidation process.”

Club secretary Vera Bragg has been associated with the club for seven years.

She said: “There’ll be a meeting of members and creditors on February 1. It made me quite ill because I took it personally. I did my best, I kept it going for six months.

“It was just one of those things, but I saw membership and trading going down. It was just one great pity.”

Mrs Bragg also said the smoking ban had impacted trade, along with cheap alcohol in supermarkets.

She added: “There’s so much cheap booze now available in supermarkets, there are a lot of shops near the club where you can buy alcohol cheaper than we could buy it.”

Labour’s Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi said: “Derby Ward Labour Club has had a long and proud association with the Labour Party in Bolton and it is very sad to see it finally close after struggling financially for some time.

“I’m committed, along with friends and colleagues in the Labour Party, to supporting Farnworth and Kearsley Labour Club — the last one left in my constituency.”

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2:36pm Tue 22 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Location,location,lo
cation,who wants to go in that area anyway.The last time I went to that club the taxi driver escorted me right to the door saying it was an unsafe area.His words to me where you'll be safe with me, I blend in around hereTo his credit when I asked how much the fare was he gave me his card and said give me a call when you are ready to leave and I'll make sure you get home safe.When I eventually paid my fare (which was very fair)he quipped the advice was free, best to stay away.
Location,location,lo cation,who wants to go in that area anyway.The last time I went to that club the taxi driver escorted me right to the door saying it was an unsafe area.His words to me where you'll be safe with me, I blend in around hereTo his credit when I asked how much the fare was he gave me his card and said give me a call when you are ready to leave and I'll make sure you get home safe.When I eventually paid my fare (which was very fair)he quipped the advice was free, best to stay away. boltonnut
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6:42pm Tue 22 Jan 13

hoboh2o says...

Labour’s Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi said:
“I’m committed, along with friends and colleagues in the Labour Party, to supporting Farnworth and Kearsley Labour Club — the last one left in my constituency.”
Does she actually know where it is seeing Farnworth and Kearsley are treated to funding well below £4 mill + spent on a park!!!
Maybe she once passed by on the A666/M61 bypass
Labour’s Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi said: “I’m committed, along with friends and colleagues in the Labour Party, to supporting Farnworth and Kearsley Labour Club — the last one left in my constituency.” Does she actually know where it is seeing Farnworth and Kearsley are treated to funding well below £4 mill + spent on a park!!! Maybe she once passed by on the A666/M61 bypass hoboh2o
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10:10pm Tue 22 Jan 13

macauley says...

not before time,what an hole.
not before time,what an hole. macauley
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12:08am Wed 23 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Right on Bolton Lancs.Next one is pikes lane clinic.I went to nursery school there, in better times,alah.Oops thats alas,sorry!!!!!!!!
Right on Bolton Lancs.Next one is pikes lane clinic.I went to nursery school there, in better times,alah.Oops thats alas,sorry!!!!!!!! boltonnut
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12:21am Wed 23 Jan 13

sunfun says...

Maybe Vera Bragg and her failed Labor econimists and business gurus, have done to the club what they did to the contry? Stuck in the past, no plans for change, or the 21st century’s economic climate, no modernisation, and no attempt to engage with the younger generation last time attended this club I was the youngest person there I am 46 and it was a (Busy) Saturday night!
Maybe Vera Bragg and her failed Labor econimists and business gurus, have done to the club what they did to the contry? Stuck in the past, no plans for change, or the 21st century’s economic climate, no modernisation, and no attempt to engage with the younger generation last time attended this club I was the youngest person there I am 46 and it was a (Busy) Saturday night! sunfun
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12:22am Wed 23 Jan 13

sunfun says...

Maybe Vera Bragg and her failed Labor econimists and business gurus, have done to the club what they did to the contry? Stuck in the past, no plans for change, or the 21st century’s economic climate, no modernisation, and no attempt to engage with the younger generation last time attended this club I was the youngest person there I am 46 and it was a (Busy) Saturday night!
Maybe Vera Bragg and her failed Labor econimists and business gurus, have done to the club what they did to the contry? Stuck in the past, no plans for change, or the 21st century’s economic climate, no modernisation, and no attempt to engage with the younger generation last time attended this club I was the youngest person there I am 46 and it was a (Busy) Saturday night! sunfun
  • Score: 1

8:48am Wed 23 Jan 13

tommy says...

Sometimes I feel like I'm the only non-xenophobic person on here.

A business is closing because it can't afford to keep open. In what way has that ANYTHING to do with muslims or Bolton Council?
Sometimes I feel like I'm the only non-xenophobic person on here. A business is closing because it can't afford to keep open. In what way has that ANYTHING to do with muslims or Bolton Council? tommy
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1:12pm Wed 23 Jan 13

ALI MINIUM KHAN says...

tommy wrote:
Sometimes I feel like I'm the only non-xenophobic person on here.

A business is closing because it can't afford to keep open. In what way has that ANYTHING to do with muslims or Bolton Council?
because all my brothers own everything around there
[quote][p][bold]tommy[/bold] wrote: Sometimes I feel like I'm the only non-xenophobic person on here. A business is closing because it can't afford to keep open. In what way has that ANYTHING to do with muslims or Bolton Council?[/p][/quote]because all my brothers own everything around there ALI MINIUM KHAN
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2:31pm Wed 23 Jan 13

BIG ERN says...

tommy wrote:
Sometimes I feel like I'm the only non-xenophobic person on here.

A business is closing because it can't afford to keep open. In what way has that ANYTHING to do with muslims or Bolton Council?
Agree with you, Tommy. It shut because it's a manky dive and people are skint these days. It's cheaper at an off licence. And your feet don't stick to your carpet at home.
[quote][p][bold]tommy[/bold] wrote: Sometimes I feel like I'm the only non-xenophobic person on here. A business is closing because it can't afford to keep open. In what way has that ANYTHING to do with muslims or Bolton Council?[/p][/quote]Agree with you, Tommy. It shut because it's a manky dive and people are skint these days. It's cheaper at an off licence. And your feet don't stick to your carpet at home. BIG ERN
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