Blair’s old haunt on market again

MOVING OUT: Tony Blair leaves the Trimdon Labour Club in his Sedgefield Constituency in 2007 after tendering his notice as MP to become a Middle East peace convoy
MOVING OUT: Tony Blair leaves the Trimdon Labour Club in his Sedgefield Constituency in 2007 after tendering his notice as MP to become a Middle East peace convoy

THE pub which was ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s former stomping ground is back on the market.

Trimdon Labour Club, in Front Street, Trimdon Village, featured in many milestones for the former premier, including being the venue where he said he was standing for party leadership in 1994.

It was also the setting for three general election victory celebrations and his formal announcement that he was standing down as prime minister in 2006.

After it closed in 2010 following the effects of the smoking ban and cheaper supermarket booze, it re-opened soon after under the new name The Green.

But a “For Sale” sign has now been put up to invite new offers or the premises.

John Burton, Mr Blair’s former agent, said: “The club was perfect when Tony was here.

“It was like an Oscars’ night when he used to come back from elections and the world’s press were there.

“Those were just magic days

“It’s something we look back on as special times.”

It is understood the the pub, which was opened by former Labour leader Neil Kinnock in 1985, was put up for sale after failing to attract a suitable bid at auction.