THE daughter of a man known as ‘Mr Clubland’ has said the earmarked demolition of his first nightclub would see part of his legacy lost.
A planning application has been submitted to Wrexham Council for demolition of the former Sgt Peppers club in Bridge Street.
The club was started and owned in 1980 by Kerry Wycherley, known by many in Wrexham as ‘Mr Clubland’ and was said to be the place to go in Wrexham in its 1980s heyday.
Mr Wycherley was from the Pentre Broughton area and died last June, aged 64.
If the planning bid is successful the club, which was later re-branded Peppers, would make way for a takeaway restaurant and 12 flats.
The building would be three storeys and parking for 14 cars also forms part of the planning bid.
Yesterday Mr Wycherley’s daughter Adele Wycherley said: “It will be sad to see it go.
“My family have a lot of happy memories of the club.
“The club was in the family for many years and my dad used to always enjoy going there.
“It was the first club he owned before he went and set up The Buttermarket in Shrewsbury.
“In the 1980s, it was the only place to go in the town. A lot of people I’m sure will have a lot of good memories from nights there.
“Sgt Peppers is part of my dad’s legacy and it would be lost if demolished.
“But it is a sign of the times as pubs and clubs change and are struggling.
“It’s also a sign of how Wrexham is changing. There isn’t a lot left of the old Wrexham anymore.”
Last June the nightclub – which has been empty in recent years – went under the hammer at auction in Liverpool and was sold for £100,000 following Mr Wycherley’s death.
A design and access statement for the application said the proposal would be a shot in the arm for the area, helping create valuable employment opportunities and much-needed new homes.
The application will be considered by planning officers and Wrexham Council’s planning committee at a future date.