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Thursday 8 March 2012 @ 15:55 - GMT

Manchester residents and soul fans were upset after plans were revealed to shut down a famous club. A developer is seeking to turn it into a hotel.

London developers, Olympian Homes, have purchased the site that Legends stands on and intend to demolish it, in order to build another motel chain within the city centre.

Twisted Wheel DJ Pete Roberts said the loss would be akin to the demolition of the original Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Twisted Wheel was a legendary soul night held at the venue in the 60s and when it became Legends nightclub, Mr Roberts resurrected the night as a bi-monthly event at the venue.

An Olympian spokesman said the company was currently considering the various options for the existing basement which houses Legends.

Among these are to retain it in its current use but with a different night club operator, an alternative music related venue, or a leisure facility associated with the new proposed hotel, he said.

Many club-goers feel that they will be destroying an iconic piece of Manchester history for the music scene and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.


Roberts said: It'll mean a great deal to a lot of people who are still into soul music, because the Twisted Wheel is the most iconic soul club that there ever was.

The venue was the most famous club in Manchester from the 1960s onwards, hosting music-makers like Elton, Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, the Kinks and Ben E King.

At present it is host to Club Lash, Twisted Wheel and Black Planet amongst others.

A online petition against destroying the establishment can be found here: http://www.change.org/petitions/manchester-city-council-save-legends-nightclub.