Worthing music venue is axed

A LIVE music venue in Worthing has announced its shock closure after hosting its most successful night with newly-reformed chart act Dodgy.

The management of Grand Central, in Railway Approach, has been dismayed at being suddenly told to close its doors, despite having bands booked until November.

Fans of the venue have already posted a number of messages on its Facebook page in disbelief at the decision to close what had been a popular venue since its revamp six months ago.

A statement from the club said: “It is with great sadness and regret that we have to tell you that last Saturday’s Dodgy gig was the last night of Grand Central in its current form.

“We learned over the weekend the Chapmans have pulled the rug from under us and we have to give the keys back today.

“We’d like to thank all of you for your support over the last few months and it has been a real pleasure to meet those of you that came down. We’ve both made lots of friends through the club, musicians and punters alike.”

Concerned gig-goer Stewart Gunn said: “I have had good times watching bands there, and have played there myself.

It now seems that Chapmans have pulled the plug on this fine venue, and it may revert to another nightclub. Worthing has enough of those already and needs a decent live music venue, which Stuart and Sarah were trying hard to provide.”

At the time of writing, no-one was available for comment from Chapmans.