Plans for a swingers club with 18 bedrooms, a sauna, and a ‘private room’ in Bolton have been given the greenlight this week.
After it was first rumoured back in April that the pretty iconic Dave’s Aquarium and Angling Superstore in the Greater Manchester town could potentially be starting a new – and very different – side hustle as a swingers club, it’s now been revealed that plans for the premises have been approved by Bolton Council‘s planning committee.
Planning documents submitted on behalf of applicant Peter Hemingway – who owns both Dave’s Aquarium and Dave’s Angling Superstore – show the club will be built within the site of the Bolton-based business.
The club is set to be developed in a space that’s currently used as a storage warehouse, with the existing two businesses continuing.
Plans for the Bolton club – which have now been published by Bolton Council – show the conversion of the storage warehouse space would include everything from a bar, dancefloor, changing rooms, lockers, and a reception area on the ground floor, while the first floor would contain 18 bedrooms, a sauna, cinema room, a decking area for swim and spa, a massage room, and a even a ‘private room’.
Applicant Mr Hemingway is known for already owning a similar club over Leeds called Pandora’s – which has even been dubbed ‘the largest swingers club in Yorkshire’.
Like the Leeds premises, Mr Hemingway said in a crime impact statement defending the newly-approved Bolton club that it’ll be a space for “sociable people” who attend for “social interaction in a safe and well-managed environment”.
Any single males who want to join the Bolton club as a member will need to fill out an online application form, and pass a fact-to-face interview first.
“For the past seven years, I have own and run a similar establishment in Leeds called Pandora’s,” Mr Hemingway explained, “and during this time, we have had no instances of anti-social behaviour at all and we have never had police attend our club for any reason.
“We will be operating a strictly members only policy in our club, and any prospective couples who wish to join must show ID when joining, with our minimum age for joining being 25.
“Single males who wish to join the club must fill in an application online and attend a face to face interview before joining. We will not allow single males to join on the door, so that we can evaluate potential members before joining.”
He insisted club members in his community are “very well behaved”.
On approving the plans this week, Bolton Council said the proposal would “result in a vacant building being brought back into use”, adding that: “I this regard, it would likely have a positive impact on reducing vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the locality.”
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Sir David Jason set for TV return in Only Fools and Horses documentary Christmas special
In a surprise bit of festive news, the only and only Sir David Jason is returning for an Only Fools and Horses Christmas special this December. Lovely jubbly!
The best-loved and most-watched British comedy of all time will be back on our screens in documentary form this festive season, with Del Boy himself David Jason revisiting the iconic comedy character after 20 years he last played him on screen.
While the legendary sitcom was broadcast on BBC back in the day, the highly-anticipated Only Fools doc will be airing on Channel 5 right before Christmas as a special one-off programme.
Looking back on the show’s incredible run on UK screens over seven series and the several ‘Christmas Cracker’ specials, specifically, the latest Only Fools and Horses documentary will see Jason and a number of other guests appearing to chat about the legendary show.
While it’s still unclear how many of the original cast will be appearing, Jason’s on-screen wife Tessa Peake-Jones (Raquel) is confirmed to be appearing along with other special guests including newscaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Bendiorm‘s Sherrie Hewson.
Sadly, a full theatrical reunion just isn’t on the cards following the deaths of Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger), Kenneth MacDonald (Mike the Landlord) and Buster Merryfield (Uncle Albert) in the 30 years since the show ended its run.
Only Fools writer John Sullivan also sadly passed away aged 64 in 2011 and fellow co-star Nicholas Lyndhurst, a.k.a. Rodney Trotter, told Metro: “We can’t. John is no longer with us. John was the driving force of the show and we have also lost quite a few cast members now.
“I don’t think I could do it without them and I certainly couldn’t do it without John. At the risk of depressing everyone, I think the last two times I’ve seen David has been at funerals.”
Simply entitled, ‘The Story Of Only Fools And Horses At Christmas’, the 90-minute special is yet to have its broadcast date fully confirmed but you best keep your eyes peeled on the TV guide — we’ll let you know as soon we do.
Jason, 81, has only just recovered from hip surgery earlier this year, so it’ll be nice to see his familiar grin back on our screens.
Right, we’re off to binge a whole series on UK Gold.
Scott McTominay jokes he’s ‘fuming’ he didn’t score a hat-trick against Chelsea as he reflects on Man United’s mentality
Scott McTominay has joked he’s “fuming” with himself after failing to score a hat-trick in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday nightand shed some light on the mentality around Old Trafford.
McTominay starred in the Red Devils’ win over Mauricio Pochettino’s side on a cold night at home, managing to bag a brace with a goal in the first and second half to get his squad over the line, but he himself said he could have had more.
Speaking to MUTV after the game, the 26-year-old said he and the squad knew they needed to drum up a reaction after the Newcastle disappointment, adding that contributing more goals is something he wants to keep working on and insisting that plenty of people back him to do so.
Confessing that his mum, dad and grandad have all been encouraging him to “get in the box” and that he just needs to “believe in [him]self and go for it”, the Scotsman did go on to quip he was “fuming” to not grab a third as he shook his head went on to shake and reveal a wry smile.
Commentator and presenter Stewart Gardner went on to list McTominay’s impressive stats this season, having now scored 14 goals in his last 33 appearances for club and country. A seriously good rate from a midfielder typically entrusted to help link play and break things up in the middle of the park.
Now boasting half a dozen goals and an assist across all competitions so far this campaign, he sits as the club’s leading goalscorer in the Premier League with five finishes to his name — with only Bruno Fernandes having contributed more (five goals and five assists) — he’s genuinely become one of Man United’s main goal threats.
While he recently rubbished talk that he played as a striker regularly coming up through the youth academy, simply having been deployed for the odd game in reality, he has always had a shot on him and it isn’t the first time he’s bagged a winner or a big goal for the Reds. This wasn’t a bad one either:
Chatting with the pundits on Amazon Prime Sport, he reiterated that he could have had “one or two more” on another night and agreed that the performance against Newcastle in the previous fixture was “pretty abysmal”, holding his hands up to admit that it was “no way near good enough”.
Reflecting on the later chance he had to seal the hat-trick towards the end of the game, he said he simply needed to “calm down on the last one”.
As for the mentality to get the result during a difficult period where the club remained under a lot of scrutiny from pundits and fans alike, McTominay went on to say that the manager is responsible for the way they played and some “lighter training sessions to keep energy levels up” definitely helped.
Regardless, he was sure to not get ahead of himself and assured ten Hag‘s team were still taking things a game at a time. You can watch the full highlights from Manchester United vs Chelsea down below: