A FAMOUS old South Tyneside watering hole earmarked for demolition is going out on a musical note.
The Tunnel Club, formerly Jarrow Ex-Servicemen’s Club, in North Street, Jarrow, is to close its doors for the final time in April next year.
It is to make way for a four-storey apartment block with 48 affordable housing units aimed at people over the age of 55.
One of the pub’s directors, Brian Davidson, said closure will be a “sad day”.
He added: “It’s unfortunate and sad that we’re closing but there just isn’t the business and it’s just not viable to remain open any more.
“When we took it over we were keen to keep it going, but it’s not to be.”
But the club’s demise will be marked by one last musical performance from local band The Good Souls, a six-piece outfit made up of lads from Jarrow and Hebburn.
More than 120 tickets have already been sold for the group’s New Year’s Eve performance and the boys will be back for a final gig to mark the club’s closure on a date, which has yet to be set.
An article in yesterday’s Gazette stated that The Tunnel had already closed its doors, but the venue is still open for business until it finally closes next April.
The band’s drummer, Marc Corby, said the plan was to make the last performance a “really special night”.
He said: “For the farewell night we hope to get some of the old timers along for one last time.
“We rehearse at the venue and the steward, Tom Ramshaw, is a good friend. It will be really sad to see it go.
“For ourselves as a band we’re seeing more venues which are good for live music closing their doors.
“All we can ensure is that the last gig of 2014 and the farewell performance next year are great nights.”
The Good Souls play everything from Beatles and Rolling Stones covers through to the music of modern-day acts such as The Killers and Mumford and Sons.
Tickets for the New Year’s Eve concert are available from the club –which is open each weekday evening and during the day and evening on weekends – or by calling 0795 0387159.
The new apartment development is a joint project between South Tyneside Housing Ventures and housebuilder Galliford Try Partnerships North.
To find out more details on the new planning application, people can log on to www.southtyneside.info/planning applications.