Gay nightspot backs lap-dancing club in Worcester

Worcester News: Black Cherry is set to open at the former DNA club, in Lowesmoor Black Cherry is set to open at the former DNA club, in Lowesmoor

A GAY man who runs a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender venue in Worcester is backing a lap-dancing club in the city.

Lee Winters, licensee of The Flag, formerly The Brewery Tap, in Lowesmoor, Worcester, said people should get behind the Black Cherry gentleman’s club which is scheduled to open soon in the new year.

Mr Winters said trade in Lowesmoor had not been improved significantly by the opening of the Asda store in St Martin’s Quarter but the lap-dancing club, which will have 15 nude or topless dancers performing a night, could make a genuine difference.

The 42-year-old said he was “absolutely chuffed to bits” the club was opening opposite The Flag, in what used to be DNA, and that it would be run by “a switched-on and educated guy”.

“It is going to increase business and trade in Lowesmoor, which is quite a run-down area and the building itself was going to rack and ruin.

“It is going to be top notch. As a gay man it doesn’t faze me remotely.”

Mr Winters said security would be greatly improved by the introduction of security staff at Black Cherry and he would communicate with managers there via internal radios and the nightsafe system, in which businesses work together to keep the area safe.

He said: “I think Lowesmoor does need an element of class to it. It is going to look absolutely fantastic – it is not going to be seedy.

“It is going to be clean, classy, professional and almost artistic. When people get stuck in a stereotype it is very difficult to shake it. 

“We have had our own fair share of stereotypes and it is a bit disheartening sometimes. Ignorance isn’t bliss.”

Managers have offered to put on male dancers at the club on certain occasions. 

The-lap dancing club has caused controversy, with an e-petition set up by Dr David Mair, a psychotherapist who lives nearby, attracting 142 signatures from those who consider such a club as ‘insensitive and inappropriate’.

However, Mr Winters is the second business person from Lowesmoor to back the scheme after Sarah Colquitt, manager of Puss ‘N’ Pooch grooming salon urged people to support Black Cherry as it would boost businesses in an area that had been struggling with trade during the recession and following the impact of road works which had affected traffic.


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11:41am Tue 7 Jan 14

JohnCSG says...

Wonderful, now we have another local business owner fully backing this, wonder what the reaction of the public here will be?
Wonderful, now we have another local business owner fully backing this, wonder what the reaction of the public here will be? JohnCSG
  • Score: 3

12:09pm Tue 7 Jan 14

DanMacc says...

The Flag is a gay bar???? No wonder I never pull in there on a Saturday night!
The Flag is a gay bar???? No wonder I never pull in there on a Saturday night! DanMacc
  • Score: 25

12:12pm Tue 7 Jan 14

liketoknow says...

JohnCSG wrote:
Wonderful, now we have another local business owner fully backing this, wonder what the reaction of the public here will be?
you know what they say, 'no publicity is bad publicity'
[quote][p][bold]JohnCSG[/bold] wrote: Wonderful, now we have another local business owner fully backing this, wonder what the reaction of the public here will be?[/p][/quote]you know what they say, 'no publicity is bad publicity' liketoknow
  • Score: 4

2:35pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Alexandra17 says...

At last! A non judgmental businessman in Worcester... I applaud Mr Winters' attitude toward this venture.
All of the negative responses to this club are based on supposition and speculation, let's give it a chance to open and then make an informed opinion. I have a hunch that it will be well run and will not have a negative impact on the local population, but will become a valued part of the night time economy in not just Lowesmoor itself but the City as a whole, as it brings employment and trade to the area.
At last! A non judgmental businessman in Worcester... I applaud Mr Winters' attitude toward this venture. All of the negative responses to this club are based on supposition and speculation, let's give it a chance to open and then make an informed opinion. I have a hunch that it will be well run and will not have a negative impact on the local population, but will become a valued part of the night time economy in not just Lowesmoor itself but the City as a whole, as it brings employment and trade to the area. Alexandra17
  • Score: 14

3:08pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Mike Fisher says...

Which is worse a Gay Bar or a Lap Dancing Club ?
Which is worse a Gay Bar or a Lap Dancing Club ? Mike Fisher
  • Score: -35

3:11pm Tue 7 Jan 14

DanMacc says...

Mike Fisher wrote:
Which is worse a Gay Bar or a Lap Dancing Club ?
Depends whether you are a small minded bigot or a small minded prude?
[quote][p][bold]Mike Fisher[/bold] wrote: Which is worse a Gay Bar or a Lap Dancing Club ?[/p][/quote]Depends whether you are a small minded bigot or a small minded prude? DanMacc
  • Score: 42

6:46pm Tue 7 Jan 14

PrivateSi says...

It's better to have a Gay Bar AND Lap Dancing Club - there are quite a lot of gay people and lots of attractive women willing to take their clothes off for eager gentlemen...
It's better to have a Gay Bar AND Lap Dancing Club - there are quite a lot of gay people and lots of attractive women willing to take their clothes off for eager gentlemen... PrivateSi
  • Score: 8

6:59pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Alexandra17 says...

I had a look at the online petition....my objective comment was deleted.
Of the 142 people who supposedly 'signed' it barely half appeared to be from Worcester, there were people from as far afield as London, Edinburgh, Nottingham and New Zealand (!) so really it s just an anti lapdancing lobby petition generally. Surely only people within a very close proximity of the venue could have an objection if they felt their lives were blighted by this club? As it's all very discreet from the outside I fail to see how it can effect anyone other than those with a vivid imagination. It really goes back to the old mantra of "if you dont like it, no one is forcing you to go in", and the staff are certainly not being forced to work there.
All the objectors are doing is to help fuel the fireoif publicity for this perfectly legal, licensed business, ironic really!
I had a look at the online petition....my objective comment was deleted. Of the 142 people who supposedly 'signed' it barely half appeared to be from Worcester, there were people from as far afield as London, Edinburgh, Nottingham and New Zealand (!) so really it s just an anti lapdancing lobby petition generally. Surely only people within a very close proximity of the venue could have an objection if they felt their lives were blighted by this club? As it's all very discreet from the outside I fail to see how it can effect anyone other than those with a vivid imagination. It really goes back to the old mantra of "if you dont like it, no one is forcing you to go in", and the staff are certainly not being forced to work there. All the objectors are doing is to help fuel the fireoif publicity for this perfectly legal, licensed business, ironic really! Alexandra17
  • Score: 13

8:40pm Tue 7 Jan 14

worcswolf says...

Ive lived in worcester all my life and can remember when this was a nightclub and itsstruggled to stay open no matter what guise the place has had. Lee Winters is probably welcoming the extra trade in the area and i hope that the business works for the area but my money is that it wont. These clubs are expensive and only appeal to stag parties which will cause the patrons of Mr Winters business some discomfort. A gay bar and a club full of red bloodied men has harry hill would say FIGHT.
Ive lived in worcester all my life and can remember when this was a nightclub and itsstruggled to stay open no matter what guise the place has had. Lee Winters is probably welcoming the extra trade in the area and i hope that the business works for the area but my money is that it wont. These clubs are expensive and only appeal to stag parties which will cause the patrons of Mr Winters business some discomfort. A gay bar and a club full of red bloodied men has harry hill would say FIGHT. worcswolf
  • Score: -8

9:19pm Tue 7 Jan 14

grubberlog says...

Worcswolf, no you're wrong. Places like Black Cherry appeal to many different types. You should try going to places like the Nags Head or the White Horse in London and see who is in there during the afternoons, and in the evenings. I've never seen a stag party in any of these clubs, they go to places like Spearmint Rhino
Worcswolf, no you're wrong. Places like Black Cherry appeal to many different types. You should try going to places like the Nags Head or the White Horse in London and see who is in there during the afternoons, and in the evenings. I've never seen a stag party in any of these clubs, they go to places like Spearmint Rhino grubberlog
  • Score: 6

2:21am Wed 8 Jan 14

Monk672 says...

There has been a strip club in worcester since 98 that I know of. 16 years on do people of worcester really think this a problem area. There are these type of venues in every city in the world. I have been in these places, never for sex, only ever for mild drunken titialian. Beautiful girls with beautiful bodies. Never once did I think it degrading, I always thought, fair play to them, I guess if they could get more money per hour in tesco (or any other employer) they would probably do that instead, the people on here who complain about this type of venue should check the local papers And Internet for personal services that cost a lot less and give a lot more (private time) then this club would ever give.
There has been a strip club in worcester since 98 that I know of. 16 years on do people of worcester really think this a problem area. There are these type of venues in every city in the world. I have been in these places, never for sex, only ever for mild drunken titialian. Beautiful girls with beautiful bodies. Never once did I think it degrading, I always thought, fair play to them, I guess if they could get more money per hour in tesco (or any other employer) they would probably do that instead, the people on here who complain about this type of venue should check the local papers And Internet for personal services that cost a lot less and give a lot more (private time) then this club would ever give. Monk672
  • Score: 3

2:31am Wed 8 Jan 14

Monk672 says...

What's the real problem with a strip club? There is none legally, an that is all that matters. So unless the council or police say 'no licence' the few can't ruin the freedom of the many to choose........
What's the real problem with a strip club? There is none legally, an that is all that matters. So unless the council or police say 'no licence' the few can't ruin the freedom of the many to choose........ Monk672
  • Score: 4

2:33am Wed 8 Jan 14

Monk672 says...

FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!! What both my grandads died for.
FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!! What both my grandads died for. Monk672
  • Score: 5

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