Fears for the future of The Pullman

The Carriages at The Pullman.
The Carriages at The Pullman.
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SCORES of worried Wearsiders have taken to the Echo’s Facebook page to voice concerns about the future of a seaside events venue.

We reported yesterday that bosses at The Pullman, in Seaburn, are in talks with administrators Begbies Traynor about the possibility of it going into liquidation.

Last week, The Pullman closed its Platform 5 bar and carriages tearooms, citing “maintenance and an electrical fault” as the issues.

A spokesman for Rosalind Leisure, which had leased the coastal restaurant, function room and hotel for five years from owners Sunderland City Council, today said although it could not honour bookings for meals, customers who had booked functions would not be left out of pocket.

One Sunderland bride-to-be who booked her wedding reception at The Pullman for June 2016 told the Echo she has asked for a refund of her £500 deposit but claims she has been told she can’t have the cash back.

“When I saw the news about part of it closing I went to see one of the owners of the company to find out what was going on,” said the woman, who did not want to be named.

“He said he would give me a ring back in the week and when he did I asked for my deposit money back.

“He told me no, because everything is still going ahead as planned.”

The woman added that she will most probably be looking at an alternative venue for her nuptials.

“Even if I don’t get my money back, I think we’ll be going elsewhere,” she said.

“We don’t know what’s going on and my confidence in the Pullman has been lost.”

Prior to Rosalind Leisure taking over, The Pullman had been closed for two years after the collapse of Wylam Leisure.

In August 2012, current owners Sunderland City Council spent £1.6million to secure the site, a move which was criticised because other bids for the venue from private firms had been much lower.

A spokesman for Rosalind Leisure said that nothing had yet been decided on to do with the future of the Pullman at this stage.