A change in management is hoping to lead to a new lease of life for a South Tyneside club.
Eddie Proud has been named as the new manager of the Armstrong Hall in South Shields.
The former manager of the Look Out pub, who also worked alongside his dad at The Office, in Victoria Road, both South Shields, is aiming to recreate the success he enjoyed at both venues.
The club, in Stanhope Road, South Shields, owned by South Tyneside businessman Tony Singh, has already undergone a revamp both inside and out.
Mr Proud, who recently took over the running of the venue, said: “The club was at one time really popular, and we would love to see it go back to the way it used to be.
“We used to run the Look Out pub in South Shields and prior to that worked alongside my dad for 10 years at The Office.
The Armstrong Hall is a brilliant venue for bandsEddie Proud
“The band nights were really popular there, and it is something we would like to recreate at the Armstrong Hall on Friday nights. “
Mr Proud added: “The Armstrong Hall is a brilliant venue for bands, with the stage and the huge function hall, and we will be actively looking for bands to play in the near future.”
Mr Proud, who will be running the club alongside his partner Alison, says he has lots of ideas to help breathe new life into the club.
As well as introducing band nights, he says the doors to the club will be open longer.
Until now, the venue has only been open on an evening. However, that has all changed, with the club now open from noon until 11.30pm.
Mr Proud added: “We have taken the decision to open the club up during the day to create more of a pub-like feel and to attract more people through the doors.
“We will also be keeping the bingo at weekends, as we know this is popular with the regulars.”
As well as the up and coming band nights, the club will still cater for private functions with a capacity for 200 people.
There will also be live sport on TVs in the bar.
For information on the venue, to book a function or if you are a band interested in playing at the Armstrong Hall, contact Mr Proud on 0191 456 7414.