People have been sharing fond memories of their days partying at a former Leicester nightclub, which is set be fully demolished by the end of this week after being ravaged by fire.
The former Krystals nightclub building went up in flames in the early hours of Tuesday, October 4, forcing Leicester City Council to step in and remove parts of the unstable building.
The demolition work, which has since been taken over by the site owner, should be complete by the end of this week, with various road closures put in place to ensure that the work can be carried out safely.
As the work continues, former partygoers have taken to social media to reminisce about their days partying at the venue, which closed in 2019.
Hundreds of tributes have been posted online, as well as photographs taken at Krystals, which was also previously known as Blueprint Nightclub, Creation and Liquid/Envy.
“So sad to see. Loved, loved, loved Krystals. It was so much fun on Thursday and Saturday nights when I first hit the clubbing scene!” said one partygoer online. “That place holds so many memories to me that will stay with me forever.
“Best night club back in the day.”
“Still cannot believe it’s gone. I loved working the main bar and the VIP bar, had some amazing nights and guest appearances from Jocelyn Brown, KWS and even Phil Mitchell from East Enders!” revealed another.
“So many memories from that place.
“I walk past it every day and I keep looking to see if I can find my 20s – I know they were in there somewhere!”
As part of the demolition works, New Road will be closed to traffic from today (Monday, October 24), until Friday, (October 28), with buses diverted and the loading bay unavailable for parking.
Church Gate and Gravel Street will also close again for two days, starting at 7.30am on Thursday, October 27, with bus diversions and parking restrictions in place.
St Margaret’s Bus Station will remain open as normal, though there will be some changes to bus services, which can be found at: https://news.leicester.gov.uk/news-articles/2022/october/temporary-road-closures-to-enable-demolition-works/
Director of City Highways and Leicester City Council, Martin Fletcher, said: “Unfortunately the scale of the demolition work being carried out at the old Krystals nightclub site means we have to bring in these temporary road closures to protect the public.
“We are working with the demolition firm to try to ensure they keep the disruption to a minimum, but this still involves some night working and some unavoidable road closures.”