Under-fire Macs Bar is to reopen

MACs on Friargate
MACs on Friargate
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An under-fire Preston bar, stripped of its licence by council chiefs, is to reopen on Saturday.

Town Hall bosses announced this week that Macs Bar in Friargate, Preston, has had its premises licence revoked.

But owner Andy Mac has vowed to appeal the decision, and has announced the club will reopen on Saturday night.

The bar was hit with a closure order last month, but later won an appeal against it at Crown Court.

Andy said: “Following the successful appeal of the closure order we are legally entitled to open.

“We are also legally entitled to open pending the outcome of an appeal of the review and that is what we are going to do on Saturday night.

“We would ask all customers to take note of the ID policy of ‘no ID no entry’ and ask them to disperse from Friargate at the end of the night, in order to assist Macs in achieving the licensing objectives.”

A full explanation of the council’s decision to revoke the licence had yet to be published last night – more than a week after the start of the two-day hearing.

Andy said: “It’s awful not knowing the reasons.

“I’m frustrated because I found out my licence had been revoked, and I’ve had two sleepless nights waiting for the reasons and I still haven’t got them.

“I understand where the issues lie, police have said there have been management failings and I plan to remedy them.”

He said he was upset and disappointed with the decision to revoke the licence, but said he has had “overwhelming support” following the news.

He said: “I’m over the moon with the support that we’ve got that people want Macs to reopen.”