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Cannock nightclub Silk's to close for good due to Covid-19

By Jordan Reynolds | Cannock | Staffordshire entertainment | Published:

Popular Silk's nightclub, thought to be the oldest running independent nightclub in the UK, is set to remain closed for good after the impact of coronavirus.

Silks Nightclub in 2016

Cannock's Silk's nightclub, originally called Snoopy's and founded in 1972 by local entrepreneur Alan Murray, played host to some huge names in music in the past including the Bay City Rollers, Ben E King, Geno Washington and Glenn Hughes’ Trapeze.

Scott Murray, speaking on behalf of the Murray family, said they had been planning to reopen the venue following lockdown with a huge refurbishment creating more than 100 jobs, but the coronavirus pandemic had destroyed the plans.

The Government has given no indication as to when nightclubs will reopen following lockdown.

Snoopy's nightclub, which later became Silks

Mr Murray said it is impossible for the Mill Street venue to reopen in the current climate and a devastating decision was made to shut it for good.

The Murray family are now looking at seeking planning permission for luxury apartments to be built at the site.

Mr Murray said: "It is extremely sad that my dad's club will not be reopening as it was an iconic venue in the area creating long lasting memories for many people since the 1970s.

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Alan Murray with showgirls at Snoopy's

"The coronavirus crisis has made it impossible for nightclubs to reopen.

"My brother Martin and myself have decided that redeveloping the site into luxury apartments is now the best option in the current circumstances and we will be looking to submit an application to Cannock Chase Council in the near future."

Poster showing Bay City Rollers' appearance

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Alan Murray owned and operated (Snoopy’s) Silk's until his death in 2018.

The venue had been managed by his son Martin and more recently by Paddy Ryan.

Alan Murray and wife Mary
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By Jordan Reynolds
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