MEMBERS of a historic social club will see a year’s worth of hard work come to an end when their new venue opens tonight.
Hartlepool Rovers Quoit Club will officially open at the former Iona club building in Easington Road, Hartlepool, at 7pm tonight.
The landmark event marks the end of a year of building work and planning that came after the Quoit Club was threatened with a compulsory purchase order as part of a regeneration scheme.
But the dispute was settled before Christmas last year, when the 230-member club and Hartlepool Borough Council agreed a sale and decided to take over the Iona as an alternative venue.
Club committee member Alan Robinson said: “We are opening tonight, but will have an official launch within a fortnight.
“The new club is fantastic.
“It’s a huge sense of excitement and also relief that we are finally opening.
“Work has been going on for a year, but it was for the best.
“When you see the way the new club is set out, it’s fantastic.
“The previous club has been there since 1891, it’s a bit out-dated.
“Of course it’s sad to leave, but it just wasn’t to be and we’ve got to move on.”
Mr Robinson thanked the club’s agent who dealt with the move, Peter Cavey, of Greig Cavey Commercial property consultants, Bell and Chapman and all other sub-contractors, architect David Loughrey of ASP Associates, club solicitor Andrew Beattie and Hartlepool Borough Council for their support.
The new club features a new beer garden, new roof, disabled lift and new furnishings.
To kick off the next chapter in the 120-year-old club’s new home, there will be a charity night this Friday from 7.30pm, featuring local band Oboe Mojo and in aid of Cancer Research UK.
There will also be a country and western night this Sunday from 7.30pm.