Murton Victoria Club closes its doors

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A DEDICATED team gave it three years’ grace – but Murton Victoria Club has had to close its doors.

While modern buildings have replaced and extended the club, it is thought it has existed in some form on Church Street for more than 100 years.

The bar would have closed in 2011 had the debt owned by the club not been bought and largely paid off by a management company.

A committee of volunteers set about doing what they could to turn around its fortunes and make cuts to run it efficiently, but after a downturn in trade and increase in bills, it has closed.

The club shut late last month, but committee members say it could rise again at another venue in the village.

June Naylor, a member of the committee, said: “It was very difficult to keep our heads above water.

“The volunteers on the committee did everything free, no one received any payment whatsoever.

“The club itself needed major repairs and members did as much as they could to fix radiators, toilets, patch up the roof and decorate etc.

“They did it all free of charge and we were all thankful for it. It all contributed to the extra three years that we got.”

The large size of the club, a lack of major funds, and a drop in opening hours were also factors in the decision to close.

June added: “On a positive note, we have been offered facilities to continue to provide weekend entertainment for our members at the local cricket club.

“We hope to move to a new smaller venue in the future.

“We will try our hardest to keep the community together.

“We are all very positive for the future, although of course very sad that an important part of our history has gone.”

Easington MP Grahame Morris, who was a member of the club for 35 years, added: “It is so sad.

“It’s a club which served thousands of members.

“We’ve known for the last three years it was coming and the committee have done a fantastic job keeping it going.”