A NEW club has opened in Leek – and aims to offer "something special" to townsfolk on a night out.
The Old Central has opened on the site of the former Leek Central Club and celebrated its launch night on Friday.
It has been taken over by Seven Stars Events, which also runs The Silken Strand Hotel, in Leek.
The venue in Market Street employs 15 people.
Manager Terry Rogers, aged 35, said: "There will always be live entertainment and there will always be somewhere to dance and that's great for everyone. We've got a good mix of drinks on, including real ale, but there are already a lot of good places to have a drink in Leek, and we need to offer something more.
"Some people might only come out once or twice a month, so you need to make it so they have something special to look forward to – and that is what we're going to do."
He added: "It's nice for people to be able to come back in here. It's a really great building in the centre of the town and it was a big loss for local people when it was shut.
"I used to run a bar in New Zealand, and I've worked in the licensing trade for 17 years, and I'm looking forward to bringing in a few new ideas and events for people in the town.
"It's still an ongoing process. We're still finishing off the refurbishments before we have the upstairs area ready, but it's a big relief to get the place back open."
An eclectic range of musical acts helped to kick-off proceeding's at Friday's launch night, with Northern Soul, Bavarian and burlesque nights already on the calendar of future events.
Leek Mayor Keith Harrison was among the Friday night crowds. He said: "This has been an old watering hole of mine for years and it's great to see it refurbished. I hope the place will get some of its old life and energy back.
"Sometimes people have these images of clubs like working men's clubs being quite traditional, but slowly that's starting to change, and I'm sure this club will do very well and be a real asset for the town."
Rosalyn Barber, aged 67, of Sneyd Street, Leek, said: "It was such a shame when Leek Central Club closed, but it's good to have it back open.
"We've always come in here, and it's one of the few places in town with a big function room."