Sunderland’s party animals tamed by the recession

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PARTYGOERS are feeling the pinch on Wearside, according to new figures.

A report into the nation’s leisure industry shows the percentage of clubbers in the North East has dropped to single figures.

Just eight per cent of people in the region said that they go to nightclubs.

The recession has also delivered a hard blow to North East drinking spots.

Spending on drinking outside the home has fallen by 12 per cent in the region, the survey found.

But the amount of people spending their money in pubs has risen by seven per cent in the South East of the country.

In Yorkshire and Humberside, 15 per cent of people hit the clubs and in London, 13 per cent claim to be clubbers.

The report by financial advisors Zolfo Cooper also revealed that the North East has the lowest number of people ordering takeaway food, although the figure was still 60 per cent.

Eating out is still the most popular leisure activity, with 68 per cent of the UK population eating in restaurants an average 2.7 of times a month, the study found.