Fond farewell to 148-year-old City Club as it shuts its doors

Final night at the XX1 Bar and Lounge in Priestgate EMN-150305-005502009
Final night at the XX1 Bar and Lounge in Priestgate EMN-150305-005502009
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Late-night revellers bade a fond farewell to Peterborough’s oldest club which is shutting its doors.

The 148-year-old XXI club - formally known as the City Club and The City and Counties Club - called its last orders on Saturday.

Final night at the XX1 Bar and Lounge in Priestgate EMN-150305-005447009

Final night at the XX1 Bar and Lounge in Priestgate EMN-150305-005447009

Long-standing regulars danced the night away on their final visit before the club starts being turned into flats.

The evening was put on by club co-owners Karen Winner and Steve Jason.

Partygoers on Saturday evening included Annette Semple and husband David from Glinton.

Annette (52) had been a visitor at the club for around the last 15 years.

Final night at the XX1 Bar and Lounge in Priestgate EMN-150305-005428009

Final night at the XX1 Bar and Lounge in Priestgate EMN-150305-005428009

She said: “I used to be a regular. We were always there and we loved it.

“It’s a shame it’s closing its doors.

“I have great memories and I remember the lads from Peterborough United used to spend time there.”

Annette was part of a large group of people who said goodbye to the club.

Final night at the XX1 Bar and Lounge in Priestgate EMN-150305-005259009

Final night at the XX1 Bar and Lounge in Priestgate EMN-150305-005259009

That group included Andrea Sieley (53) who had been a regular for even longer than Annette.

Andrea, also from Glinton, said: “It’s sad that it has to close. It was a nice evening and it was good to see a few old faces.

“We were there from 8pm until about 1am and we had a bit of a dance.

“The club was just a great place to go to. Everyone used to get dressed up and go.

“We knew everybody would be there.”