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The Union pub closes just days after Voltage shuts

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

Happier days... when The Union was open for business

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TURBULENT times have hit The Union pub in Westgate Street once again after the boozer shut its doors.

The drinking hole has had a rocky few years – with it most recently closing in September 2013 and then again this month.

Yesterday the doors were firmed closed and inside the chairs were left abandoned, stacked on tables.

John Huggins, owner of the nearby bar The Westgate, said: “We might obviously pick up some extra trade but at the end of the day nobody likes to see a pub close and having more venues here certainly gives people more of a reason to come down Westgate Street.

“It’s like butchers on a high street. If you’ve got two of them next to each other and they are really good, they will both do well.”

It comes just days after Voltage, in Brunswick Road, closed suddenly.

One former member of staff, who did not want to be named, said: “The closure of Voltage has been an unexpected shock to us all. As staff we were not told of its closure until the night before. We understand that it was due to personal issues between Marc and Gemma.

“Marc tried several attempts to get some support from Enterprise Inns to keep the pub open but they were not at all helpful.

“It is a very sudden loss of income which has quite badly affected my colleague financially. They have been left with no income.

“We have lost some good friends through losing our jobs there but we are also glad that this gives our good friends Marc and Gemma a chance to put their lives back together.

“Marc and Gemma are the most trustworthy and supportive, friendly people I have ever worked for and they will be greatly missed by us both.”

Enterprise Inns, who own both The Union and Voltage, said: "We are working with a new tenant of The Union to take on the property with the aim of reopening it by the end of this month.

"With Voltage, again we are working with a new publican who will be taking over the property and opening it as soon as possible."

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