Big plans for return of our only nightclub

Jim Hancock, manager of C2 nightclub. Formerly The Carleton, Morecambe.
Jim Hancock, manager of C2 nightclub. Formerly The Carleton, Morecambe.
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Skip hire boss Jim Hancock decided to reopen an iconic nightclub because he “wanted something to do at night”.

And since he announced his plans to bring back The Carleton, Jim has been blown away by the response.

“I started a Facebook group a few weeks ago, it went live at around 8.30pm and by midnight it had over 1,000 likes,” he said.

“I went to bed and in the morning it had over 2,500.”

Demand for the return of the Carleton on Marine Road West, Morecambe, has been so high, that Jim is expecting over 1,200 students to flock in tomorrow night (October 30) for the return of the club’s famous Wednesday weekly student disco, starring renowned Morecambe DJ Steve Middlesbrough.

He said a sell0ut is also likely for a dance night on November 16 celebrating the music of Morecambe’s former Empire nightclub.

The club, now known as C2, will also welcome Ricci Guarnaccio, former star of hit reality TV series Geordie Shore, on November 22, in the first of a series of celebrity personal appearance nights. The Carleton shut down in spring 2012 after the previous management went bust, unable to turn the club into a profitable business in a flagging economy.

But Jim believes he can succeed where they failed.

“It’s a risk but I’m a risk taker. You’ve got to grab hold of an opportunity.

“I’ve been running my business Hancocks Skip Hire for seven years now after taking over from my dad and I’ve been looking for a nightclub for some time.”

Jim said he hasn’t made major changes to the decor because “the students wanted it exactly the same as it was”. A lick of paint and a new sound and lighting system will be the extent of any refurbishment.

C2 will be available for hire for functions. Other events planned for the future include a soul music night and live boxing.