The search is on for a new owner of The Nightingale Club, the oldest gay nightclub in Birmingham, after it plunged into administration.
The popular city centre venue, which dates back more than 40 years and has attracted stars such as Graham Norton, Alan Carr and Sir Ian McKellen in the past, faces increasing cash-flow difficulties.
Administrators Zolfo Cooper are facing a race against time to find a buyer for the Kent Street club, which is continuing to trade at present. The jobs of 50 workers are currently hanging in the balance.
The club first opened in Birmingham in 1969 and last week former X Factor contenders Johnny Robinson and boy band The Risk performed to crowds at the venue.
Ryan Grant, partner at Zolfo Cooper, said he was seeking to sell Nightingale Club as a going concern “as soon as possible’’.
He said: “This is a well established business with a loyal customer base and we are confident of finding a purchaser quickly.”