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The oldest nightclub in Teesside, Club Bongo International has regained its alcohol licence under new management with plans for a full refurbishment.

The nightclub was opened in 1963 by Abdillahi Warsama, who created Club Bongo International as a real destination in Middlesbrough, making it one of the most famous bars in the area.

After having its licence revoked in 2017, new owner Joy Clayton wanted to bring the club back on the scene, injecting a new lease of life with a £400,000 refurbishment and change of layout.

With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, Joy is excited to take on this new challenge, commenting; “Club Bongo International is known in this area for reggae music with a great vibe. This is something I am keen to keep at the heart of the club, so the name and heritage will remain the same.”

“The aim is to open around Spring 2018 and I am very excited for what is ahead for Club Bongo International.  I would like to thank the police, public health and licensing authorities for working in partnership with us to resurrect the licence for this historic venue. ”

The alcohol licence has been reissued after an appeal was put forward with the help of Newcastle based Mincoffs Solicitors. The appeal was supported by a number of parties, including Councillor Terry Lawton, Steve Howe and Tim Robson from Phoenix Security as well as a number of local residents, including one lady who submitted a 60 page petition.

The Police, Public Health and Licensing Authorities all consented to the appeal, with more robust conditions put into place.

Matt Foster, Licensing Partner at Mincoffs Solicitors successfully led the appeal on behalf of Club Bongo International.  Matt stated; “I am delighted the venue has regained its alcohol licence and I am certain Joy will be very successful.”

“The support during the appeal has been amazing and I am positive Club Bongo International will once again become ‘the’ place to go in Teesside. The refurbishment will transform the venue and I wish Joy all the best for the future!”

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