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Night time boost for over 30s

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 06, 2012

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OVER 30s are being asked what they want to see in Gloucester at night-time.

Gloucester City Council's Evening Economy Group will meet next week to discuss ways of boosting late night business, particularly for a slightly more mature audience.

Eastgate Street, nicknamed 'Glos Vegas', is known for its bars and clubs such as Liquid, Fever and Butlers, which are predominantly aimed at the younger generation.

Now plans are afoot to provide more sophisticated entertainment and opinions are being sought through an online survey.

Councillor Tarren Randle, (C, Barnwood) heads up Gloucester's evening economy action group.

She said: "Eastgate Street is great and some older people do still go there. I do, but it does feel a bit uncomfortable sometimes. We want to provide for those over 30 so it doesn't feel uncomfortable."

Tarren is now encouraging people to get online and fill in the survey.

"We have already had a really good response," she added. "People have suggested themed nights, going for a meal together first, comedy nights, live music and all sorts."

Nick Fullbrook, landlord of the Old Bell in Southgate Street, believes his pub proves there is a market for the older age group in the city.

He said: "We have always gone after that 25-plus age range. We don't sell the alcopops and things the younger group go after. It has been successful for us, and the more provision given, then the better it will be for the city."

To have you say visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/XH898QP.

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  • darrellglos  |  November 07 2012, 3:27PM

    Seems modern pubs and clubs are only interested in getting young people into town to get them to drink as much as they can. Just go to Southgate street on a friday/Saturday night. There is nothing in the City for over 30's at all, seems its just pubs/clubs and takeaways. maybe Gloucester is the worst place in th UK.

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  • gloscityguy  |  November 07 2012, 4:19AM

    Nobody calls it 'Glos Vegas' for a start. not without a major dose of irony anyway. But is clubbing really what the over 30's want? Such a shame that the council think 'sophisticated entertainment' can be found in bars and clubs. and what does it say about how they see the people. I understand it is the easiest and cheapest way to fleece people out of their hard earned money, get them drunk, charge £4 a drink. Hey presto 'Evening Economy' now a success. The fact that there is nothing else to do in Gloucester but drink is not a good thing. Maybe one of the reasons Gloucester is sadly voted as one of the worst cities in the UK. So maybe do something for the people of the city by really providing sophisticated entertainment, Of course bringing the ballet or opera to Gloucester is just not likely, but I bet more people of this city, not just over 30's, would like a bit of culture for evening entertainment as well as bars and clubs. The festivals during the summer are a start, but why not have something permanent. an art gallery or two, show some great films of the past hundred years. Imagine a week or two of an outdoor cinema showing some classics in Gloucester park on a chilly autumns evening, maybe take the craft markets and set up a Christmas festival of sorts. good for the people and good for local business. There has to be more to sophisticated entertainment in this city than getting drunk.

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