A NIGHTCLUB has been granted a licence to put on strip shows.
Passion, Holmeside, was given the nod to provide adult entertainment yesterday by a City Council licensing committee.
The sex establishment licence will allow the venue to put on striptease, and lap dancing and pole dancing, though Passion owner Mike Downey says his club will not be using it for such shows.
“Sex establishment licence makes it sound crude,” said Mr Downey, who also owns Cafe’D Mil, High Street West.
“But there will be no private shows, no private booths, and no one will be able to touch the girls. It’s only for match days and Wee Phillie’s shows.”
DJ Wee Phillie – real name Phil Monk – provided match day entertainment at Privilege before the club closed earlier in the year, but now looks set to perform at Passion – part of his act includes a strip show.
Northumbria Police initially objected to the application, stating the Passion required CCTV and risk assessments before it could be granted.
Mr Downey, said: “I’ve got risk assessments in place. Everybody will be ID’d before they come in, and there will be someone who can operate CCTV.”
The committee agreed all requirements had been met, and agreed to grant the licence.