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Wednesday, 06 May 2015

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Final frame for snooker club as it shuts its doors

WEST Cumbrian retailers J Dixon & Son has taken ownership of Whitehaven’s former snooker club – but any hopes that it may reopen for snooker have been dashed.

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Donald Dixon

The firm has bought The Snooker Club on Roper Street for an undisclosed sum. The club, formerly Leonard Stout’s garage for many years, had previously been owned by Mr and Mrs Bob Mean.

Donald Dixon says the intention now is for the premises to be used as storage space for the nearby Dixon’s clothing and furniture business on Lowther Street which recently underwent a £1 million face-lift.

The Snooker Club now displays a closed sign, the premises are empty and The Whitehaven News understands the snooker tables have been sold on eBay to a mosque in Bradford.

Meanwhile, J Dixon & Son, which also owns Dunmail Park in Workington, has no immediate plans for Union Hall – one of Whitehaven’s most imposing buildings that was purchased more than two years ago.

The company paid over £200,000 for the former county council education office at the corner of Lowther Street/Scotch Street.

The original plan to convert the building into a themed restaurant is on hold as Mr Dixon says he has made a big investment refurbishing the roof garden restaurant on the top floor of the Dixon’s store.

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