Time called on Jarrow club to make way for homes

SET FOR DEMOLITION ... The Tunnel Club in North Street, Jarrow.
SET FOR DEMOLITION ... The Tunnel Club in North Street, Jarrow.

TIME is being called on one of South Tyneside’s best-known watering holes.

The Tunnel Club, formerly Jarrow Ex-Servicemen’s Club, in North Street will close its doors for the final time early next year and will be demolished.

It is to make way for a four-storey apartment block with 48 affordable housing units aimed at people over the age of 55.

The development is a joint project between South Tyneside Housing Ventures and housebuilder Galliford Try Partnerships North.

The move will bring to an end the former club’s colourful life.

Only last year, its members became embroiled in a row with the Brigham and Cowans Club in South Shields.

They were angry at being forced to sign in at the Mile End Road venue and pay a small entrance fee.

This followed doubts over whether the long-established Jarrow club was still a member of the Club & Institute Union (CIU), after the premises was bought out and renamed The Tunnel Club in 2011.

The Tunnel Club was never too far from controversy in other ways.

Residents living near to it long complained about noise and disturbance from the venue and more than 20 letters of objection were received over an extended opening time licence bid received by South Tyneside Council in January, 2012,

At the time the-then Jarrow councillor, Emma Lewell-Buck, now MP for South Shields, backed the residents in their fight to prevent the extension.

To find out more details on the new planning application, people can log on to www.southtyneside.info/planning applications.

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