Clubbers’ big blow

PUBLISHED: 13:18 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 10 June 2010

HUNDREDS of nostalgic night clubbers have joined forces to leave tribute messages honouring an Exmouth nightclub which has closed.

HUNDREDS of nostalgic night clubbers have joined forces to leave tribute messages honouring an Exmouth nightclub which has closed.

An Australian woman vowed to fly half way around the world if the popular nightclub was to open its doors for one last night.

The mirror ball has spun for the last time at Samantha's night club, in St Andrews Road, because a downturn in trade has forced its owners to call time at the bar.

Stag Inns director Ben McCarthy said the plan was to now turn the nightclub into flats.

Mr McCarthy said the club ceased trading from October 22 and thanked everyone for their support.

"The Bank and Number 9 will continue to trade as normal but, because of the downturn in the nightclub market, it is our intention to convert Samantha's only into flats," he added.

More than 800 Samantha's fans have signed up to social networking group Facebook - many joining the group Samantha's Appreciation Club to leave comments about their nightclub experience.

Some have called for the club to open for one last night to give fans the chance to say one final farewell.

Julie Bickford, from Australia, said she had 'fantastic memories' and was prepared to fly half way around the world for a reunion.

"I can remember when it was a bowling club, then a nightclub. It used to have boxing, a restaurant upstairs and all sorts of wonderful nights there. Then in came Mr McCarthy and put Samantha's on the map.

"I have laughed there, cried, been drunk, been sober, might even have been ill a few times, but every memory brings a smile!

"I would definitely fly home for a major staff reunion.

"Exmouth will never be the same without Samantha's - end of an era - very, very sad."

Pete Tribble wrote: "This is seriously sad! My parents first met there and I had my first kiss with my fiancée there too. What are my kids going to do?"

Tammy Cowell posted: "I met my husband there. Happy, happy days!"

Pat Squire said: "We definitely need one more night. I went there in the 1960s and danced in Denny's disco to Hi Ho Silver Lining. Oh what happy memories - I need to relive them just one more time.

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