Shops plan dropped as ex-club goes on mar­ket

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Pene­lope Gib­son is now putting Blake­bor­ough Sports and So­cial Club in Brig­house back on the mar­ket. Right, some of the tro­phies which are avail­able

The build­ing will go to auc­tion later this month – and Pene­lope now wants to find good homes for a col­lec­tion of tro­phies left be­hind at the club.

Pene­lope will open up the build­ing to­mor­row be­tween 11am and 1pm for peo­ple to view the tro­phies.

Pene­lope said she had no choice but to scrap her plans due to fam­ily cir­cum­stances, af­ter much of the hard work had been car­ried out to the build­ing.

The em­po­rium was to have been home to an­tique deal­ers and other small busi­nesses, and had been well re­ceived in the town.

There were a num­ber of tro­phies for var­i­ous sports and ac­tiv­i­ties left in the club when she bought it and now Pene­lope wants lo­cal peo­ple to have them.

“There are some lovely tro­phies and these are part of the club’s his­tory. Some are quite old and there’s one big tro­phy that’s over 100 years old that I in­tend to give to a mu­seum,” she said.

“But with the rest I’d be happy for them to go to any­one who was a mem­ber of the club or their fam­i­lies.

“If some­one says their grandad was part of the snooker team they can have the tro­phy. It’s bet­ter they have it than it go­ing in the skip.”

The club, known as Blakes, has had a trou­bled past.

It went into liq­ui­da­tion in 2014 fol­low­ing a wind­ing up or­der at the High Court fol­low­ing its fail­ure to pay a £55,000 debt to HM Rev­enue & Cus­toms.

The club’s woes date back to 2008 when it de­cided to sell its bowl­ing club to set­tle its debts, spark­ing a long-run­ning le­gal bat­tle.

The build­ing goes to auc­tion on Septem­ber 27 and Pene­lope wanted to thank her part­ner Glen Walm­s­ley, her fam­ily and the lo­cal com­mu­nity who sup­ported her.

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