Pub bosses want to turn back time

Tenants Alan and Janet Bridges refurbishing the function room at the Argus Butterfly in Peterlee, as they are planning to return it to it's former glory as a top gig venue.
Tenants Alan and Janet Bridges refurbishing the function room at the Argus Butterfly in Peterlee, as they are planning to return it to it's former glory as a top gig venue.
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PUB bosses are planning to turn back the clock and return a venue to its former gig-going glory.

During the late 1970s, the Argus Butterfly played host to some of the music industry’s most legendary bands.

Acts including Jethro Tull, Led Zepplin, Free and Deep Purple would attract fans from miles around to the Peterlee venue.

Now, Alan and Janet Bridges have taken over the pub and are working to put it at the centre of the community once again.

In addition to new events, such as Zumba classes, they plan to lay on traditional food and take the pub back to its roots as a music venue.

Alan, 56, who has previously run pubs in Sunderland and Peterlee’s Five Quarter and Lodge Hotel, said: “I’m from Horden and spent a lot of time working in the pits. A lot of my friends and family are from this area and they and lots of other people want to see it restored to its former glory.

“There’s a lot of history with big bands as they made their way up in the 70s.

“We’ve had a lot of good comments so far since we got it open about four or five weeks ago.”

As part of the pub’s relaunch, the York Road building has been redecorated inside and out, with a tough line taken on troublemakers.

Alan and Janet, also 56, hope past patrons of the bar in its live music heyday will return to pass on stories and hopefully photographs taken at the events.

The first big nights to be staged since its fresh start, which comes after the pub was closed down for a period, will be held on Saturday, July 19.

The function room will welcome tribute acts performing Oasis hits, with another band playing Stone Roses tracks, with DJs to put on retro house sets as part of the night.

It will run from 6pm to midnight and tickets are £9 from the pub.​