Big Brother boost for Blackburn's nightlife

Blackburn Citizen: BOOST Claudio Bellusci BOOST Claudio Bellusci

A POPULAR Blackburn DJ is teaming up with Big Brother contestant Becky Hannon in a bid to give a boost to the town’s nightlife.

This weekend, former Marley’s Wine Bar DJ Claudio Bellusci will be joined by VIP guest Becky who is making her first appearance in the town since the show.

Claudio is among the thousands of people in Blackburn who have fond memories of the busy pubs and clubs scene in the late 1990s.

Now, a decade later, dad-of-two Claudio will be hosting an event at The Blue’s Bar at Ewood Park to get ‘that generation’ back together, bring trade back to the bar owners and make the town popular again.

He said: “I know hundreds of people who are travelling to Preston and Burnley for a night out and avoiding Blackburn all together. It’s not fair that people aren’t supporting their local nightlife.

“It’s such a shame that nobody goes into town anymore.

“In the 1990s Blackburn’s busiest bars included The White Bull, Marley’s, The Blob Shop, Moist and many more.

“We are a generation older now, but we must show people that Blackburn can be a good night.

“It will be great to have Becky here because she is a local girl who has enjoyed a night out or two.

“She will be coming down with friends and family all from the area who want to help support our nightlife.” Working alongside bar owners in the town, Claudio, a former Saint Bede’s RC High School pupil, is launching a monthly dance at Ewood Park.

With free entry, the 30-year-old says that he will ‘bring back the clubbers’ eventually.

He said: “This new night out in Ewood is a way of starting off gently. Everyone used to start off at The Blues Bar and go to Blackburn — it was buzzing and alive with people and everybody knew each other.

“With the town centre’s recent regeneration people should be queuing to get into bars like the good old days. We need to work together and get it done.”

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10:38am Thu 23 Aug 12

roversjeff says...

Blackburn was the place to be for a good night out! I had many good times at Peppermint Place. Let's put our town back on the map!
Blackburn was the place to be for a good night out! I had many good times at Peppermint Place. Let's put our town back on the map! roversjeff
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10:49am Thu 23 Aug 12

chris283 says...

hahahahahah put the town on the map for wat its defo not for the night life and defo not the football team aint laughed so much in ages
hahahahahah put the town on the map for wat its defo not for the night life and defo not the football team aint laughed so much in ages chris283
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11:18am Thu 23 Aug 12

accy lad and proud says...

Will there be a seperate area where you can sit and stick pins in your eyes !
Will there be a seperate area where you can sit and stick pins in your eyes ! accy lad and proud
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1:12pm Thu 23 Aug 12

doctor1970 says...

Blackburn u must be joking i'd rather watch paint dry. Blackburn also has a crap football team.
Blackburn u must be joking i'd rather watch paint dry. Blackburn also has a crap football team. doctor1970
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2:59pm Thu 23 Aug 12

darwenTower says...

chris283 wrote:
hahahahahah put the town on the map for wat its defo not for the night life and defo not the football team aint laughed so much in ages
You need to get out more then.
[quote][p][bold]chris283[/bold] wrote: hahahahahah put the town on the map for wat its defo not for the night life and defo not the football team aint laughed so much in ages[/p][/quote]You need to get out more then. darwenTower
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4:20pm Thu 23 Aug 12

chris283 says...

darwen tower we could always go to your town for a night out we all can go to the roxy hahahahahaha nar changed my mind you can keep it thanks l
darwen tower we could always go to your town for a night out we all can go to the roxy hahahahahaha nar changed my mind you can keep it thanks l chris283
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5:34pm Thu 23 Aug 12

James Brindle says...

Council killed it by declaring war on pubs on Church St, Brewers, White Bull, Marleys, Grove, Toffs, Yates, all gone or dying for one council manufactured reason or other. Business rates disproportionate to others for running a pub. £1k per week for the Yates site at one point.
Council killed it by declaring war on pubs on Church St, Brewers, White Bull, Marleys, Grove, Toffs, Yates, all gone or dying for one council manufactured reason or other. Business rates disproportionate to others for running a pub. £1k per week for the Yates site at one point. James Brindle
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6:07pm Thu 23 Aug 12

rogersrevenge says...

Blackburn back on the map for nightlife??? that be something i would like to see,,, but it's not gonna happen overnight,,, since the drop in pubs/clubs closing and demolished since the 90's for new builds or revamped as other trades, and with the ressession etc,, its hard to imagine to have our town as busy in it's haydays. Hardly any decent places to enjoy a good night out now apart from the obvious odd place such as liquid, warehouse1 jazzy kex and the local pubs about. it needs more than a famous person or some local person starred in a reality TV program to do just that. get a grip.
Blackburn back on the map for nightlife??? that be something i would like to see,,, but it's not gonna happen overnight,,, since the drop in pubs/clubs closing and demolished since the 90's for new builds or revamped as other trades, and with the ressession etc,, its hard to imagine to have our town as busy in it's haydays. Hardly any decent places to enjoy a good night out now apart from the obvious odd place such as liquid, warehouse1 jazzy kex and the local pubs about. it needs more than a famous person or some local person starred in a reality TV program to do just that. get a grip. rogersrevenge
  • Score: 2

12:35am Sat 25 Aug 12

OnePostThenTheOther says...

good luck with that one. You're going to need one massive defibrulator to resuscitate Blackburn.
good luck with that one. You're going to need one massive defibrulator to resuscitate Blackburn. OnePostThenTheOther
  • Score: 2

2:21am Sat 25 Aug 12

deejayfatboy says...

give us a shout if that happens!! lol
give us a shout if that happens!! lol deejayfatboy
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10:08pm Wed 29 Aug 12

amanda01 says...

Breweries don't help by selling off local and town centre pubs and also charging extortionate prices for rent and beer......then you've got all the insurances just to play music.....i hope blackburn does pick up but unfortunately it will take a long time....good luck
Breweries don't help by selling off local and town centre pubs and also charging extortionate prices for rent and beer......then you've got all the insurances just to play music.....i hope blackburn does pick up but unfortunately it will take a long time....good luck amanda01
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