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Birmingham Pride director purchases The Nightingale

Birmingham Pride director purchases The Nightingale

Famous Birmingham gay club The Nightingale, having shut down in November, is now under new ownership.

The Nightingale had been a key part of the scene in Birmingham – Britain’s second biggest city – for over 40 years until it went into administration in the autumn.

Lawrence Barton is the director of Birmingham Pride and owns other venues near the Nightingale – Loft Lounge, Village and Penthouse in Southside (where Birmingham’s gay district is situated). He also sits on the board of Southside BID – the organisation that runs the area for businesses.

Since purchasing The Nightingale, Barton has explained his plans to invest £1million ($1.5million €1.2million) into the Birmingham hot spot over the next few years. He said that he will not be changing members’ current benefits and looks forward to establishing good relations with them in the New Year.

Barton’s saving of this club has come as ‘no surprise’ to many, but has been received extremely well on Facebook group Save The Gale. The club is historic and infamous and, in its forty-year lifespan, has attracted the likes of Sir Ian McKellen and Graham Norton to name a few.

Fifty jobs have been saved by the endeavour, which hopes to raise The Nightingale back up to being one of the UK’s biggest ‘super clubs’ once again. In the past it has attracted famous visitors including Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen and British TV comic Graham Norton.