A Moseley nightspot which achieved local legend status for its beer-splashed floors and policy of giving away free Refreshers has closed its doors after two decades.
Dwindling punter numbers at Moseley Dance Centre, which has been putting on seventies-themed nights for the best part of 20 years, have led the venue to call time on its club nights.
In its heyday, Moseley Dance Centre was a late-night magnet for drinkers who made the short walk down the hill from Moseley Village after the pubs closed at 11 o’ clock.
But with licensing laws now allowing pubs to stay open later, the club has seen fewer and fewer customers in recent years.
And following the death last year of Hazel Cleaver, who had run the venue for a quarter of a century, the executors of her will decided to take the tough decision to close the club.
Wayne Stanton, who is overseeing the winding down of the business, said: “It’s a lack of trading – that’s what it boils down to.
“When we have got pubs open at the same time as us, there’s only so many people that can go round.
“If we were in a different area, maybe it would be different.
“Moseley is such an eclectic village with lots of venues, it’s difficult to compete against it. Years ago they would have closed in the village and then come down to the dance centre at about 11 o’ clock.
“But once the pubs were allowed to stay open until two that stopped.
“You can’t stay open when you’ve got 30 people in.”
Moseley Dance Centre, affectionately known to regulars as MDC, has several Facebook pages dedicated to it, many of whom pay tribute to its sticky floors, free sweets and “school disco” atmosphere.