Controversial lap dancing club opens in Accrington

East Lancashire personality Margo Grimshaw officially opens the icandy lap dancing club in Accrington with door security Zed and Mick watched by owner Kate Hartley and well-wishers

East Lancashire personality Margo Grimshaw officially opens the icandy lap dancing club in Accrington with door security Zed and Mick watched by owner Kate Hartley and well-wishers

First published in Hyndburn

A CONTROVERSIAL lap dancing club has opened its doors.

The ribbon to launch the icandy club was cut by East Lancashire personality Margo Grimshaw during a special ceremony in Accrington town centre on Friday night.

The club, in Blackburn Road, had faced a battle to get off the ground after opposition from residents and recruitment agencies, a lack of dancers and a 1,500-signature petition against it.

But bossses said it would provide a boost to the town’s economy, would not be open during the day and that the inside of the club will not be visible to passers-by.

Manager Kate Hartley, 45, said: “It is very a proud day for us, we have faced a tough battle to reach this stage but we haven’t let that deter us and we have kept on going.

“We are open for business now and it is a great feeling.

“The final piece of the jigsaw is to get the VIP bar open.

“We have had a lot of support to get open as well, a lot more than we expected, and the feedback we have received so far has been very positive.”

Hyndburn Council gave the venue the go ahead in April concern from residents who feared it would give Accrington the wrong image.

The decision was made at a planning meeting with chairman Coun Bernard Dawson casting the deciding vote after a tie.

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4:16pm Mon 16 Jul 12

2 for 5p says...

Quote
“The final piece of the jigsaw is to get the VIP bar open.
VIP you do realize what VIP means very important person, believe me there won't be any of them there.
Maybe very important pervert. :-)
Quote “The final piece of the jigsaw is to get the VIP bar open. VIP you do realize what VIP means very important person, believe me there won't be any of them there. Maybe very important pervert. :-) 2 for 5p
  • Score: -4

4:35pm Mon 16 Jul 12

hasslem hasslem says...

classy!
classy! hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 9

4:42pm Mon 16 Jul 12

happycyclist says...

Well I suppose someone had to open it.
Well I suppose someone had to open it. happycyclist
  • Score: 0

4:49pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Bredrin says...

this is great news and also really nice to see Zed finally make the headlines, and realise his potential and talents. Doorman...

A lap dancing club is opened, but where are the strippers...surely not the baps stood in the background, they look like the door security.

we all love it really

Caveman...

Only in accy can you market a brothel like this and the LET will be their like a moth in a tunnel with light at the end of it. This is disease spreading news LET.

Disclaimer : any language or literacy errors for the eagle eyed bafoon.
this is great news and also really nice to see Zed finally make the headlines, and realise his potential and talents. Doorman... A lap dancing club is opened, but where are the strippers...surely not the baps stood in the background, they look like the door security. we all love it really Caveman... Only in accy can you market a brothel like this and the LET will be their like a moth in a tunnel with light at the end of it. This is disease spreading news LET. Disclaimer : any language or literacy errors for the eagle eyed bafoon. Bredrin
  • Score: 1

4:59pm Mon 16 Jul 12

i know alot says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Quote The decision was made at a planning meeting with chairman Coun Bernard Dawson casting the deciding vote after a tie. Come on then Bernard how much did you back pocket, was it worth it. I invite you to sue me for that remark, I would enjoy that.
Whats your problem man....its about time these blokes had somewhere to go to relieve theirselves...at the end of the day it is just entertainment...Not all blokes can get entertainment like this at home...Good luck to icandy....
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Quote The decision was made at a planning meeting with chairman Coun Bernard Dawson casting the deciding vote after a tie. Come on then Bernard how much did you back pocket, was it worth it. I invite you to sue me for that remark, I would enjoy that.[/p][/quote]Whats your problem man....its about time these blokes had somewhere to go to relieve theirselves...at the end of the day it is just entertainment...Not all blokes can get entertainment like this at home...Good luck to icandy.... i know alot
  • Score: -1

5:13pm Mon 16 Jul 12

GrumpyofClayton says...

Jeez! Is that the Adam's Family on that photo??!!
Jeez! Is that the Adam's Family on that photo??!! GrumpyofClayton
  • Score: 10

5:16pm Mon 16 Jul 12

sen c ble says...

GrumpyofClayton wrote:
Jeez! Is that the Adam's Family on that photo??!!
The best quote of the day!
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofClayton[/bold] wrote: Jeez! Is that the Adam's Family on that photo??!![/p][/quote]The best quote of the day! sen c ble
  • Score: 2

5:29pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Stuart Farquar says...

They're creepy and they're kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They're all together ooky,
The Addams Family.

Their club is a museum
Where people come to see 'em
They really are a scream
The Addams Family.

(Neat)
(Sweet)
(Petite)

So get a witches shawl on
A broomstick you can crawl on
We're gonna pay a call on
The Addams Family.
They're creepy and they're kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They're all together ooky, The Addams Family. Their club is a museum Where people come to see 'em They really are a scream The Addams Family. (Neat) (Sweet) (Petite) So get a witches shawl on A broomstick you can crawl on We're gonna pay a call on The Addams Family. Stuart Farquar
  • Score: 7

5:32pm Mon 16 Jul 12

i know alot says...

GrumpyofClayton wrote:
Jeez! Is that the Adam's Family on that photo??!!
According to last weeks report they said they were still looking for dancers because the ones they interviewed were not upto their standards....God knows what they must av looked like.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofClayton[/bold] wrote: Jeez! Is that the Adam's Family on that photo??!![/p][/quote]According to last weeks report they said they were still looking for dancers because the ones they interviewed were not upto their standards....God knows what they must av looked like. i know alot
  • Score: 4

5:53pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

i know alot wrote:
GrumpyofClayton wrote:
Jeez! Is that the Adam's Family on that photo??!!
According to last weeks report they said they were still looking for dancers because the ones they interviewed were not upto their standards....God knows what they must av looked like.
If you like looking at young heroin addicts with bodies covered in stretch marks, then Skankrington is for you.
[quote][p][bold]i know alot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrumpyofClayton[/bold] wrote: Jeez! Is that the Adam's Family on that photo??!![/p][/quote]According to last weeks report they said they were still looking for dancers because the ones they interviewed were not upto their standards....God knows what they must av looked like.[/p][/quote]If you like looking at young heroin addicts with bodies covered in stretch marks, then Skankrington is for you. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 11

6:15pm Mon 16 Jul 12

i know alot says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
i know alot wrote:
GrumpyofClayton wrote: Jeez! Is that the Adam's Family on that photo??!!
According to last weeks report they said they were still looking for dancers because the ones they interviewed were not upto their standards....God knows what they must av looked like.
If you like looking at young heroin addicts with bodies covered in stretch marks, then Skankrington is for you.
I was talking to someone at the wekend and they said that the dancers come from Clitheroe.....But if its true wot your saying i wont be going..Is one of them your lass Michael....?
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]i know alot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrumpyofClayton[/bold] wrote: Jeez! Is that the Adam's Family on that photo??!![/p][/quote]According to last weeks report they said they were still looking for dancers because the ones they interviewed were not upto their standards....God knows what they must av looked like.[/p][/quote]If you like looking at young heroin addicts with bodies covered in stretch marks, then Skankrington is for you.[/p][/quote]I was talking to someone at the wekend and they said that the dancers come from Clitheroe.....But if its true wot your saying i wont be going..Is one of them your lass Michael....? i know alot
  • Score: 1

6:19pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

i know alot wrote:
Michael@ClitheroeSin

ce58
wrote:
i know alot wrote:
GrumpyofClayton wrote: Jeez! Is that the Adam's Family on that photo??!!
According to last weeks report they said they were still looking for dancers because the ones they interviewed were not upto their standards....God knows what they must av looked like.
If you like looking at young heroin addicts with bodies covered in stretch marks, then Skankrington is for you.
I was talking to someone at the wekend and they said that the dancers come from Clitheroe.....But if its true wot your saying i wont be going..Is one of them your lass Michael....?
Haha thank god NO!
[quote][p][bold]i know alot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]i know alot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrumpyofClayton[/bold] wrote: Jeez! Is that the Adam's Family on that photo??!![/p][/quote]According to last weeks report they said they were still looking for dancers because the ones they interviewed were not upto their standards....God knows what they must av looked like.[/p][/quote]If you like looking at young heroin addicts with bodies covered in stretch marks, then Skankrington is for you.[/p][/quote]I was talking to someone at the wekend and they said that the dancers come from Clitheroe.....But if its true wot your saying i wont be going..Is one of them your lass Michael....?[/p][/quote]Haha thank god NO! Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 2

7:05pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Sad Darwener says...

Maybe Margo will be Chief Lap Dancer!
Maybe Margo will be Chief Lap Dancer! Sad Darwener
  • Score: 1

7:05pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Sad Darwener says...

Maybe Margo will be Chief Lap Dancer!
Maybe Margo will be Chief Lap Dancer! Sad Darwener
  • Score: 0

7:05pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Sad Darwener says...

Maybe Margo will be Chief Lap Dancer!
Maybe Margo will be Chief Lap Dancer! Sad Darwener
  • Score: 1

7:07pm Mon 16 Jul 12

MerlinTheVoiceofReason2 says...

1. Bernard has got free dances for life;
2. Hopefully, Margo didn't get her baps out and
3. I understand an application for another lap dancing club has been made for Clitheroe.
1. Bernard has got free dances for life; 2. Hopefully, Margo didn't get her baps out and 3. I understand an application for another lap dancing club has been made for Clitheroe. MerlinTheVoiceofReason2
  • Score: 1

8:26pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Heretical says...

I wonder if Rev Kev knows that fellow opionator Margo is letting the side down by opening this place.
I wonder if Rev Kev knows that fellow opionator Margo is letting the side down by opening this place. Heretical
  • Score: 1

9:53pm Mon 16 Jul 12

InterpolNYC says...

Lovely stuff! Not my words, the words of Shakin Stevens.
Lovely stuff! Not my words, the words of Shakin Stevens. InterpolNYC
  • Score: 1

10:19pm Mon 16 Jul 12

2 for 5p says...

I see the LT has taken down my comment about Bernard Dawson taking back handers, truth hurts
I see the LT has taken down my comment about Bernard Dawson taking back handers, truth hurts 2 for 5p
  • Score: -7

10:59pm Mon 16 Jul 12

DGower says...

2 for 5p - Instead of hiding behind a pseudonym and then slinging mud at Bernard Dawson, why don't you use your proper name and produce the evidence.
2 for 5p - Instead of hiding behind a pseudonym and then slinging mud at Bernard Dawson, why don't you use your proper name and produce the evidence. DGower
  • Score: 4

10:59pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Graham Hartley says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Quote
“The final piece of the jigsaw is to get the VIP bar open.
VIP you do realize what VIP means very important person, believe me there won't be any of them there.
Maybe very important pervert. :-)
VIP = Very Inebriated Pervert

VIP = Very Incapable Pervert

Will there be surveillance video and/or paparazzo pics of customers? Any with plans either to raise or lower the status of this venue will supply both, and allow the rest of us to judge. Such practices are of course common in London, so why should Accrington follow, or not follow? This approach will have been examined by all parties, will it not?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Quote “The final piece of the jigsaw is to get the VIP bar open. VIP you do realize what VIP means very important person, believe me there won't be any of them there. Maybe very important pervert. :-)[/p][/quote]VIP = Very Inebriated Pervert VIP = Very Incapable Pervert Will there be surveillance video and/or paparazzo pics of customers? Any with plans either to raise or lower the status of this venue will supply both, and allow the rest of us to judge. Such practices are of course common in London, so why should Accrington follow, or not follow? This approach will have been examined by all parties, will it not? Graham Hartley
  • Score: 0

11:04pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Graham Hartley says...

DGower wrote:
2 for 5p - Instead of hiding behind a pseudonym and then slinging mud at Bernard Dawson, why don't you use your proper name and produce the evidence.
Mmm... if there was a determined attempt to bring the matter to court then 2 for 5p's identity would be revealed. Better, then, to correspond using one's given name... innit?
[quote][p][bold]DGower[/bold] wrote: 2 for 5p - Instead of hiding behind a pseudonym and then slinging mud at Bernard Dawson, why don't you use your proper name and produce the evidence.[/p][/quote]Mmm... if there was a determined attempt to bring the matter to court then 2 for 5p's identity would be revealed. Better, then, to correspond using one's given name... innit? Graham Hartley
  • Score: 0

6:17am Tue 17 Jul 12

MickyRover says...

It might be a good thing for Accrington, least it will keep the locals off the streets flashing at schoolgirls and raping old ladies.
It might be a good thing for Accrington, least it will keep the locals off the streets flashing at schoolgirls and raping old ladies. MickyRover
  • Score: 2

8:37am Tue 17 Jul 12

QuizOnMyFace says...

MickyRover wrote:
It might be a good thing for Accrington, least it will keep the locals off the streets flashing at schoolgirls and raping old ladies.
And raping horses...
[quote][p][bold]MickyRover[/bold] wrote: It might be a good thing for Accrington, least it will keep the locals off the streets flashing at schoolgirls and raping old ladies.[/p][/quote]And raping horses... QuizOnMyFace
  • Score: 5

11:19am Tue 17 Jul 12

LancsLass says...

The horse raper was not from Accrington he was from Blackburn!!!!!
The horse raper was not from Accrington he was from Blackburn!!!!! LancsLass
  • Score: 0

2:17pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Keith Myath says...

Is that not Steve Kean on the right?
Is that not Steve Kean on the right? Keith Myath
  • Score: 0

2:30pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Gerrard2012 says...

QuizOnMyFace wrote:
MickyRover wrote: It might be a good thing for Accrington, least it will keep the locals off the streets flashing at schoolgirls and raping old ladies.
And raping horses...
haha true !
[quote][p][bold]QuizOnMyFace[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MickyRover[/bold] wrote: It might be a good thing for Accrington, least it will keep the locals off the streets flashing at schoolgirls and raping old ladies.[/p][/quote]And raping horses...[/p][/quote]haha true ! Gerrard2012
  • Score: 0

12:35pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Black Car Guy. says...

Nice. Are there any freebies?
Nice. Are there any freebies? Black Car Guy.
  • Score: 0

5:16pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

DGower wrote:
2 for 5p - Instead of hiding behind a pseudonym and then slinging mud at Bernard Dawson, why don't you use your proper name and produce the evidence.
His real name is Richard Head (we all call him D1ck Head)
[quote][p][bold]DGower[/bold] wrote: 2 for 5p - Instead of hiding behind a pseudonym and then slinging mud at Bernard Dawson, why don't you use your proper name and produce the evidence.[/p][/quote]His real name is Richard Head (we all call him D1ck Head) Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 8

12:13pm Fri 20 Jul 12

Elegant1 says...

Apparently 1500 people were totally ignored when the objections were put to the Planning committee. If the population of Accrington cannot be bothered about what happens in their town, this is what will happen when applications are considered. Apathy rules apparently!
My view ion this issue is that applications such as this one for icandy should be subject to a probationary period. If, at any time the business is found to be unsuitable, or is causing undue concern, it should be summarily closed with no appeal!
Apparently 1500 people were totally ignored when the objections were put to the Planning committee. If the population of Accrington cannot be bothered about what happens in their town, this is what will happen when applications are considered. Apathy rules apparently! My view ion this issue is that applications such as this one for icandy should be subject to a probationary period. If, at any time the business is found to be unsuitable, or is causing undue concern, it should be summarily closed with no appeal! Elegant1
  • Score: 1

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