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Good neighbour seeks memories of Morecambe nightclub's heyday

Do you have memories of the Crystal T's nightclub in Morecambe?

A good neighbour is seeking memories of a Morecambe nightclub for a special project paying tribute to one of the town's most iconic venues.

Nick Smith, owner of the Queen's Market building, is seeking stories of Crystal T's' heyday for a living archive of the history of the building.

The Victoria Street premises was formerly home to the nightclub, as well as Concorde Squash Club and the Palladium Cinema.

Nick is hosting an open day on Saturday for people to share their memories to include as part of his ambitious vision for the building's future.

Visitors are also invited to visit his neighbour's reopened butcher's shop and deli - where Nick has helped with renovations for free.

"Don't forget to come down on Saturday and share your memories of Crystal T's," said a post on the Queen's Market Facebook page.

"Without your stories, we can't start the future project of 'Crystal T's - the movie'. Let's rebuild Morecambe's future with stories of the past."

Built as the Queen's Market in 1895, the building had been closed for years until Nick bought it at auction for £50,000 in 2015.

He then began the painstaking process of clearing the derelict premises of 200 tonnes of rubbish, restoring original features, and transforming the look of the interior and exterior - all by himself.

Former Morecambe High School pupil Nick hopes to reopen it as a food hall, entertainment venue, science and education centre, and community hub to support young local creatives and entrepreneurs.

Crystal T's opened in the 1980s and was a popular night-spot in Morecambe before closing in the 2000s.

Here's how the former admission desk and stairwell at Crystal T's looks after Nick's renovations.

Also on Saturday, the Bigmans Butcher and Deli next door will have a grand reopening after Nick helped with the renovations to 'reimagine' the shop.

Owner Lukas Ridziauskas thanked his neighbour for his "generosity and giving his time and energy to reimagine my shop for free".

Nick said: "I believe in Lukas and his business."

Here is Nick outside the renovated frontage of his neighbour's butcher's and deli shop.

Earlier this year, Nick's Queen's Market project received a £3,300 boost from an unlikely source - customers of a New York hair salon!

Read more; INTERVIEW: New Yorkers raise £3,300 to help breathe life into former Morecambe cinema and nightclub - Beyond Radio

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