Student bar and club to open in former Walkabout

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A former Walkabout bar is set to reopen as a student bar and nightclub.

The Preston-based YBD promotional company, set up by students in 2005, plans to create its first Burnley MACs bar in the popular Hammerton Street location, which could be open in December.

Burnley nightclub Vogue is also involved in the venture.

Jason McQuoid, managing director of Vogue, said: “We have teamed up with YBD to bring MACs to Burnley in an effort to revitalise its nightlife. We have been in the town for around 18 months now and are very interested in making the town what it should be.”

A spokesman for YBD, which also owns two bars in Preston, confirmed MACs Burnley will be open soon.

The news will be a welcome boost to Burnley’s night-time economy, which has suffered in recent months with the closure of a number of town centre bars.

YBD was established in 2005 by students, with its aim to provide the best possible deals for students.

Since then YBD has grown into one of the North-West’s most successful promotional companies, running nights in Preston, Chester and Nottingham.

YBD now owns a nightclub and bar (MACs and Ships and Giggles in Preston), as well as sponsoring several celebrities including Coolio, Jazzy Jeff, Geordie Shore and UFC’s Norman Parke.

The company was launched by former UCLan student Andy MacDonald in April 2011.

The award-winning MACs club went on to become one of the best-known nightspots in Preston.

Burnley’s Walkabout bar, which opened in October, 2002, closed its doors in March this year.

The company that owned the bar, inTERTAIN, said the decision had not been taken lightly, but that market conditions and rent meant the site ws making a loss.

It was the latest in a number of bar closures in Hammerton Street including the former Lava and Ignite nightclub.

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