Club has a new lease of life

CHEERS!: Steward Mark Jackson celebrates a change of fortune for Eastborough Working Men's Club. (d02021148)
CHEERS!: Steward Mark Jackson celebrates a change of fortune for Eastborough Working Men's Club. (d02021148)
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A WORKING men’s club has been saved from closure after selling its concert hall.

Eastborough Working Men’s Club feared it would have to close for good this time last year as it struggled to cover its running costs.

Last February, members made the difficult decision to sell the club’s 300-seater concert hall in a bid to save the rest of the Battye Street building.

As the club approached its centenary last year, the concert hall was sold and work began on a new 160-seater concert hall and games room.

Now the refurbishment is nearing completion and the 100-year-old club has a new lease of life.

Club steward Mark Jackson said: “We knew once we got the club open again in November we had a fighting chance. We’re not out of the woods yet but we’re trying hard and we’ve got a lot of support.

“Our suppliers Sam Smith’s and Clark’s were fantastic when our backs were against the wall. They’ve been a key factor in us turning things around.

“And of course the members deserve a pat on the back for supporting us and sticking with us.”

The club has also welcomed in a new darts and dominoes team from the Dewsbury Trades and Friendly Club, which closed last year.

Mr Jackson said: “They came to play here and have started this season as Eastborough. They’ve got a new home and it’s given us a boost too.

“It’s going to take the committee and members about six months to see how we settle in but it’s got to the point on Saturdays where we’re having to make it members only until 8.30pm because our older members aren’t able to get a seat.

“A lot of the non-members are now asking to join. We’ve had a massive uptake of subscriptions.

“There’s certainly a buzz about the place now.”