Cleethorpes Pier workers 'told of closure by text'
STAFF at Cleethorpes Pier have been left fearing for their jobs after claiming they were told the iconic venue had closed in a text message.
The future of the seafront landmark – renamed The Pavilion nightclub and Tides Bar And Restaurant – seems once again uncertain after staff say management told them "the business has sadly come to an end."
Yesterday, removal men were seen taking children's rides and disco equipment from the landmark, and as reported, a promoter said he had turned up on Wednesday night to find people clearing out furniture, and was told his event wouldn't be going ahead.
However, premises owner Bryn Isley, who leases the venue to businessmen Alastair Clugston and Hugo Marfleet, told the Telegraph that he was meeting with the pair today to discuss future plans.
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Meanwhile, staff claim they have been told in a text message from Mr Clugston that the venue has been closed.
Cleaner Joanne Hewsom says she received a message, which the Telegraph has seen, stating: "Hi Jo, I'm sorry to tell you our business has sadly come to an end."
He said he did not know how things had been left with staff and added: "Please let me know if you have been left short and by how much."
And duty manager Verity Witt claimed she had received a response from Mr Clugston, saying: "It has been a very long few days. Our company has been put in an untradeable situation. We hoped to open on Friday and the following weekend but sadly been forced to cancel. This is an exceptionally difficult time for everyone involved."
Joanne's daughter, barmaid Chantelle Robinson, 19, alleges she was the one to tell her work friends after the assistant manager confirmed to her it was closing.
She said: "I am upset with how the managers have handled it.
"I absolutely loved working there but I thought something was going on. I can't believe I was the one to let some of the others know. If you are a manager I think you should tell the staff where they stand, we shouldn't have to find out by text or through other people."
Despite numerous attempts to contact Mr Clugston and Mr Marfleet, who took over the £90,000 lease in December, at the time of going to press there had still been no response.
Mr Isley said: "I have a meeting with them tomorrow. I told Alistair the rumours today and he burst out laughing. They have told me they are shutting it down for three weeks to put in the new band stands and that is it."