A SWINGERS’ club promoting sex orgies has been condemned as “the last thing Sunderland needs” after announcing plans to open in the city.
Secrets, which boasts a “Greedy Girls’ night” as part of its programme, is preparing to launch with its first party in the city centre later this month.
The club claims to “encourage swinging in every way, shape and form”.
Whilst brothels are illegal, there is no suggestion sex is being sold at Secrets, which is why it is not breaking the law.
Swinging, whereby couples swap sexual partners, is legal and clubs may not need a special council licence.
But today church leaders expressed their concern about the development.
Father Chris Jackson, parish priest of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, in Penshaw, said: “Our society is broken, sick. That’s what people said after the riots.
“To mend and heal society we need to find ways of making families stronger.
“That’s why a ‘swingers’ club’ is the last thing Sunderland needs.
“You can kid yourself that this is just a bit of fun for consenting adults. There lies the danger – sex is one of God’s good gifts to us in marriage.
“Making it trivial or using it to make money is part of the attack on marriage and family life.”
People interested in attending the swinging sessions must be over 21 and can take part in specially arranged nights on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Club rules include a ban on drug use and cameras.
Members must also practice consensual and safe sex at its “fun, sexy and discreet” parties.
Single men are charged up to £30, while fees for couples and single girls range from £20 to free admission.
Organisers are keeping the exact location of the venue under wraps until the day of its launch on September 30.
A spokesman for the business told the Echo: “We picked Sunderland after two years of searching for the most sympathetic area we could find.
“Keeping the venue away from densely populated areas, so as to not cause any disruption to our neighbours, was high on our list.
“Sunderland has already had a club of this kind in the past which ran very successfully for five years without incident, making it the best area to hold these events.
“Also, we will be bringing a much needed boost to the local economy in these hard times.
“We take pride in the fact that we will make sure all people attending have photo ID to make sure they are over 21 and will not be serving alcohol just soft drinks at our venue .
“We have in one way or another been involved in the adult entertainment business for over 10 years and have not had any complaints or trouble with the police. We do not break the law, we try to work with it.
“Like other clubs in the area, we will be conducting our business as discretely and professionally as possible to avoid antagonising the residents of Sunderland.”
Les Clark, head of street scene at Sunderland Council, said: “The club would need a licence under the Licensing Act 2003 if the operators sell alcohol or provide recorded music and facilities for dancing, such as a dance floor.
“Separately, depending on how the club is operated, it may also need to be licensed as a Sexual Entertainment Venue under the Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1982.
“The city council will consider the applicability of the legislation to the premises and act accordingly.”