A POPULAR Ellesmere Port nightspot has closed its doors for good after 12 controversial years.
The dance floors of Destiny and Elite nightclub at Cheshire Oaks emptied for the last time in the early hours of Monday.
Hundreds of revellers had packed the Coliseum Way venue on Sunday night for a chance to relive the biggest anthems of the past decade at the club’s closing-down party.
No-one from Destiny and Elite was available to comment, but it is believed to have closed for financial reasons.
The club has experienced highs and lows since opening in 2000 – from hosting pop superstars and a marriage blessing, to witnessing protests from disgruntled residents and taxi drivers and a number of violent attacks.
The past 12 years have seen performances from some of the world’s biggest dance acts, including Ian Van Dahl, The Shapeshifters and Basshunter.
Dannii Minogue and Girls Aloud have also played at the venue – and even veteran EastEnders matriarch June Brown took to its turntables at the age of 75.
In 2003 the club was the setting for an official marriage blessing after regulars Janet Williams and Peter Ashbrook tied the knot in a civil ceremony.
But the club has also courted controversy – in 2009 a decision to slash booze prices to just 90p in a bid to attract recession-hit drinkers prompted condemnation from police licensing office PC Pete Goring and MP Andrew Miller.
The nightclub argued the new weekend offers made it affordable for club-goers affected by the credit crunch and that measures were in place to prevent irresponsible drinking.
A six-minute film entitled 2000-2012 R.I.P. has been uploaded to video sharing website YouTube, showcasing footage and photographs of some of the club’s most memorable nights.
The video is accompanied by the message: “A nightclub that not only made history but smashed if for 12 years. We say thank you to the clubbers, DJs, MCs, PAs, dancers and performers.”