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Nightclub memories: Do you remember the Ritzy and 5th Avenue in Bromborough?

Nightclub was closed in January 2003 after persistent complaints about violence and disorder

The Ritzy nightclub in Bromborough. Photo by Andrew Teebay

As plans are revealed for the former Destiny and Elite nightclub at Cheshire Oaks - do you remember its Bromborough equivalent before it?

It was announced last month that the Ellesmere Port 'twin scene' club, which opened in 2000 and closed in 2012, is to be converted into an indoor adventure golf centre .

But for Wirral clubbers in the 90s and early 2000s, the place to be was 5th Avenue and the Ritzy on the Croft Retail Park in Bromborough – and many a night out would start out with drinks in Hotshots next door.

The Ritzy’s demise came after a long battle by residents helped by local councillor Steve Niblock, who complained it was associated with violence and anti-social behaviour.

Operator Luminar Leisure closed the 1,400-capacity club in January 2003 after talks between Merseyside Police and management.

At the time, it told our sister paper the Liverpool Echo: “The clubs were immensely popular with Bromborough residents and in the main trouble-free. However, we were recently made aware of the concerns of a small number of people and we are keen to put measures in place to allay those concerns.”

Plans to re-open the club went before a two day inquiry the following year 2004 after objections from police and residents.

Councillors said they would back plans to reopen 5th Avenue if its owners could prove they could empty out customers without disturbing people living nearby.

But the panel turned down a licence application to reopen the Ritzy.

It was the final nail in the coffin of the clubs, and in March 2006 the owners of the Croft Retail Park, USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd), took control of the lease again.

The club was demolished in 2007 and replaced by a gym.

Do you have any photos or memories from the Ritzy and 5th Avenue? Tweet us at @EPPioneer or @ChesterChron or email newsroom@cheshirenews.co.uk

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