Last laugh for comedy club

Owner Dave Perkin, at opening night of the Frog and Bucket, Preston
Owner Dave Perkin, at opening night of the Frog and Bucket, Preston
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Preston’s only dedicated comedy club is to close next month after five years of laughter.

Management from the Frog and Bucket in Lord’s Walk were unavailable to explain the decision when approached by the Evening Post yesterday, but a statement was put on the club’s official Facebook site.

It said: “It’s with massive regret that we are leaving Preston, it’s been a great city to work in and the audiences have been the most fun.

“It’s an honour to Preston that it’s perceived by comics as one of the best rooms in the country to play. It will be really missed, but it’s time to move on.

“Our last show will be Saturday, September 13 with a fantastic line up, Danny McLoughlin, Alex Boardman, Brennan Reece and Vikki Stone followed by a cheesy disco to say farewell.”

The club was the second comedy club venture set up by Manchester-based Frog and Bucket, owned by Dave Perkins.

It was opened in the former Coda Club in October 2009 by the city’s premier funnyman, Dan Nightingale, and has seen top-flight TV talent tread the boards, including the likes of Sarah Millican.

City centre Councillor Drew Gale said he was “gutted” over the news, as he is working on a Preston After Hours scheme to bring more varied entertainment into the area.

He said: “It’s very bad news, because that’s a wonderful place.

“We need more venues like that in the city centre, but hopefully, with the council’s plan, we can attract more footfall into the centre and it will help businesses across the area.”