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Bar Med staff say fond farewells as Crawley club closes down

By Crawley News  |  Posted: August 20, 2012

  • Bar Med is closing on August 28

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CLUBBERS are preparing for one last dance at Bar Med before the lights are switched off for good.

The nightclub in Crawley High Street closes on August 28, when it will hold its last ever Airport Night.

It is being forced to shut to make way for the first phase of the Town Centre North regeneration scheme, with work beginning this autumn.

Samantha York, 33, has many fond memories of the club as it has been her life for the past 11-and-a-half years.

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She has worked at the bar, previously the Embassy Cinema, since 2001, becoming general manager in 2007, and admits it will be hard to leave behind.

She said: "I met my husband here, who was a member of door staff. The building has seen so much. It is really sad.

"When the news broke, we had a little old couple standing outside just staring at the building.

"When I asked them if they were OK, they said they just wanted to say goodbye to the place because they had met there when they were younger."

Samantha, who lives in Gossops Green, said the company is keeping its eyes and ears open for an opportunity to return to the town.

Kyra Headley was assistant manager when the nightclub opened in May 2000 and worked there for five years.

The 36-year-old, from Bewbush, said: "A whole group of us met our partners while working at Bar Med so it holds a lot of history.

"For everyone who has ever worked there it is like a second home, it is still where we go on any night out.

"It is going to be sorely missed because I don't think there is anywhere else in Crawley quite like it.

"If they can find a new location in the town that has the same atmosphere and the same people involved, it would be fantastic."

When asked if one particular night there stood out as being special, Kyra immediately recalled the first birthday celebration.

She said: "We got 4,000 balloons and covered the entire ceiling with them. It took us hours. Everyone dressed up as fairytale characters and we handed out birthday cake and pick 'n' mix. It is a night I will never forget."

Sarah Maslen loves working at the bar so much that she does it on top of her main job.

The 30-year-old, of Caffyns Close, Northgate, said: "I usually work three nights a week on top of my nine-to-five job. I don't have to but I love it so much. I don't have any family here so the staff at Bar Med are my family.

"Some nights we get out of here at 4am then I'm up for work at 7am. So many of the staff do that purely because we love the place."

Sarah's favourite memory is an unusual one. She said: "I was dressed as a monkey for one of our dress-up nights and I saw two guys dressed as bananas walking down the street.

"I just ran over and jumped on them. That pretty much sums up why I love working here."

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