Take That’s ex-manager saves Manchester bar in time for ‘Pride’ weekend
NIGEL MARTIN SMITH KEEPS MANCHESTER BAR
A Manchester bar owned by Take That’s former manager has been saved from closure – just in time for Manchester Pride.
Music manager Nigel Martin-Smith fought to keep his venue open after an attack which left a man injured.
Police were called to Queer last month (July) and found the victim bleeding from the head.
The police then called for an emergency licence review of the nightspot, which left it facing possible closure with the loss of more than 50 jobs.
Mr Martin-Smith campaigned for support in the Gay Village and after a full hearing town hall bosses allowed the venue to stay open.
As a condition of the licence, Queer’s staff must now serve all drinks in plastic containers, rather than glass.
Mr Martin-Smith, the man behind the chart-topping boy band Take That, was not available for comment after the hearing.
But last month he told the M.E.N he’d invested millions of pounds in the Gay Village over the last ten years and was keen to keep it safe.
He added: “We want to work with GMP to drive down crime in the hotspots. Queer isn’t one of those hotspots. There have been two, possibly three serious incidents here in the last 12 months.
“With 3,000 people coming through our doors each week, that’s a good record. There are two or three incidents each night in some bars in Manchester.”
GMP first called for a review of Queer and of Boyz, which is in the bar’s basement, after officers found a man with a head injury at the venue at 2am on Saturday, July 21.
A 23-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed until September 10.
Queer and Boyz, on Canal Street, will be open for Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend, which starts this Friday. The city, and in particular the Gay Village, is expected to attract thousands of visitors for the party between August 24 and 27.
The Gaydar main arena on Bloom Street/Sackville Street will host some of the main acts, including Steps, Amelia Lily, 2 Shoes, Bjorn Again, Scarletts Rose, Louise Dearman and Cleo Sol.
Nigel ‘created’ and managed Take That in their formative years, the band have since parodied how they were formed in their ‘Apache’ performance from the Ultimate Tour…Robbie Williams also suggested that Nigel had stolen money from the band during their career.