She goes to Finos – remembering legendary Sunderland club of the 80s and 90s

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She Goes to Finos sang the Toy Dolls in 1985 – and so did thousands of other Wearsiders.

The Park Lane club was a focal point for music fans for almost two decades, with revellers packing the venue to the rafters each week.

Finos December 1992.

Finos December 1992.

“It was a huge part of Sunderland’s vibrant club scene during the 1980s and 90s,” said Susan Swinney, photographic archivist for the Echo.

“A green membership pass helped you get through the door; then it was a case of grabbing a drink and dancing all night long. It was popular for years.”

Celebrities by the score enjoyed a night out at Finos, including the Sunderland team – who celebrated a 1990 play-off triumph over the Magpies there.

But it was also a favourite of students, serious music fans and those just looking for a guaranteed good time – until the year the music finally died.

Finos December 1992.

Finos December 1992.

“A Tyneside firm bought up Finos and Johnny Ringos in 2000, and the club was closed. A whole generation of clubbers was left mourning the loss,” said Susan.

“But at least these old Echo photographs should bring back some happy memories. They show just how packed that Park Lane nightspot could get back in the day.”

l Do you have photos of Finos, or any other Sunderland clubs of the past? Email them to susan.swinney@jpress.co.uk

Finos December 1992.

Finos December 1992.

Finos December 1992.

Finos December 1992.

Finos December 1992.

Finos December 1992.

Toy Dolls at Finos taken 18 March 1985.

Toy Dolls at Finos taken 18 March 1985.

Finos nightclub - June 1992.

Finos nightclub - June 1992.

Finos December 1992.

Finos December 1992.