Basil is back at Funny Girls

Blackpool nightclub legend Basil Newby has announced that he is back in charge at the iconic Funny Girls venue in the resort.

The 67-year-old is reported to have bought back the popular venue from east Lancashire-headquartered Thwaites Brewery.

As well as the Dickson Road showbar, he is also said to have purchased the Flamingo nightclub and the Buzz bar, both in Queen Street, for an undisclosed sum.

The move means Basil, who was awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Year Honours list, is back in charge of the Fylde Coast entertainment empire that he founded.

In a series of posts on social media, he said: “Well after a nice ten months getting myself de-stressed I’m back with a vengeance. Funny Girls Baz is back. Now the fun starts. Onwards and upwards”.

Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette newspaper, he said: “The opportunity came up to purchase the Odeon building and Funny Girls from Thwaites and I felt I wanted Funny Girls back and was ready for a new challenge.

“Thwaites have been amazing and together we agreed that it was in both our best interests and so a new era begins.”

I’m back with a vengeance. Now the fun starts.

The Lancashire brewery bought the Funny Girls group in January. It had been running the venue on a temporary basis since September 2018 after the business fell into financial difficulties and entered administration.

Funny Girls was opened in 1994 by Basil, who had been running entertainment venues in Blackpool for four decades before his retirement in 2018.

The club moved to its current location on Dickson Road in 2002, a former Odeon cinema and Grade II Listed building that was completely renovated and restored.

It has been reported that Thwaites will be keeping the Flying Handbag pub, also in Queen Street, which was part of the group.

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