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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Calling time on Circuit Bar after 25 years

A bar in Workington town centre will close next week after 25 years.

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LAST ORDERS: Mike and Judith Hadfield have decided to close Workington’s Circuit Bar, on Nook Street, and convert it into flats

The Circuit Bar, on Nook Street, will be turned into three flats. Its owners Judith and Mike Hadfield will continue to live on the premises.

The couple will continue to run Dukes, in nearby Wilson Street, which they own. Circuit Bar staff will transfer to Dukes.

The couple said that trade was hit when the bridges collapsed in Workington following the 2009 floods when people were cut off from the town.

Mrs Hadfield said: “We turned what was the Gondola Italian Restaurant into the bar.

“There weren’t many other bars in Workington and we decided to give the bar its name after the route that drinkers would take in those days.

“We had a great time when the bar was busy but when the new licensing laws came in we were hit because people started coming out later and we close at 11pm.

“The smoking ban also had an impact, and then when the floods happened people started drinking elsewhere.”

The Circuit Bar’s last function will be on Sunday, March 9, when a Christening party will be held for ex-barman Christopher Vevers’s daughter Lucy.

Conversion work will start on Monday, March 10, and is expected to take five months.

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