Owner of shut bar ‘overwhelmed’ by support

Mac's Bar in Friargate
Mac's Bar in Friargate
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Dozens of Evening Post readers have spoken of their dismay at the closure of a popular city centre bar.

The LEP’s website and Facebook page have been inundated with comments since we reported on Macs Bar being hit with a closure order by a court earlier this week.

District Judge Jane Goodwin ruled that, after a string of incidents in the street outside, the management at Macs had failed to properly control drinkers leaving the building.

Macs, which was shut down by police a fortnight ago pending this week’s hearing, has now been shut down for three months. Its licence will now be reviewed by Preston City Council.

One reader wrote: “This closure notice is extremely damaging for the night time economy. Up and down the country all business owners are in danger of this happening to them. This act is for extreme levels of disorder and it is my opinion that this was not the case at Macs.”

Another posted: “Now over 100 people are out of work for unjustified reasons. Even if you don’t like the venue, or the clientele, closing this venue just means these people will find somewhere else to drink. The police should focus on punishing the offenders, not the place they choose to drink.”

However, a fellow reader was unsympathetic, adding: “This is what happens when you cannot control your establishment.”

The two-day hearing at Preston Magistrates Court heard evidence of a number of episodes of disorder, but all were outside the venue, not inside.

Owner Andy McDonald said he had been “overwhelmed” by the messages of support.