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Jobs toll revealed as liquidation process starts for Dundee pub

Clark's on Lindsay Street.
Clark's on Lindsay Street.

The number of jobs that were lost when a popular Dundee bar closed has been revealed.

Clarks on Lindsay Street announced at the end of September that it was shutting its doors after nine years due to the fallout over coronavirus.

Christine Convy and Angela Paterson of Dunedin Advisory Ltd have now been appointed as joint liquidators of the company.

Ms Patterson, an associate director, said the closure of the popular live music venue meant 14 people had lost their jobs.

She said: “With still no end in sight as to when live music venues such as Clarks might be able to trade profitably again, and notwithstanding social distancing measures and restricted opening hours, the directors made the difficult decision to cease trading.

Scott Clark – Owner, outside Clarks On Lindsay Street in Dundee.

“Regrettably 14 members of staff have been made redundant through no fault of their own and we will be assisting them with support and compassion in their claims for statutory entitlement from the government.”

A statement posted on the pub’s Facebook page last month broke the news that it would not reopen.

It said: “I’m sad and sorry to let you know that Clarks on Lindsay Street has closed permanently.

“The business has gone into voluntary liquidation.

“As mentioned in a previous post, the Clarks’ vibe and social distancing don’t get along at all and simply can’t be in the same room together. And social distancing doesn’t look like going away any time soon.

Clarks North Lindsay Street

“The last 6 months of closure have been difficult and costly and we tried to remain hopeful that we could get back to something close to normal trading sooner rather than later. Lately though, it seemed that the tunnel was getting longer and the light at the end of it getting dimmer.

“In theory, we could have opened up and tried to operate without live music and with much reduced capacity and limited interaction – but that made no real sense.

“Clarks’ trademark was the vibrant, buzzing atmosphere created by great live bands and brilliant audiences. Crowds returned week after week to be a part of this mix. Take away the vital ingredients and you take away the very spirit of the venue.

Outpouring of support gives owner hope of post-pandemic chapter as popular Dundee bar closes for good

“To put it another way, you remove the heart and soul – and replace it with a risk assessment.

“For us, it was never gonna work….and was never gonna break even either.

“Clarks opened in August 2011 and, apart from the last 6 months, it has been absolutely brilliant. From the very start, we had loads of help and goodwill from so many……it was as if people really wanted it to work and all pulled in the same direction.

“Maybe they recognised it as a labour of love and so threw some of their own in.

“Thanks to everybody who contributed – too many to mention.

“Thanks to the staff, behind the bar and elsewhere. I often said that if they handled working in Clarks, they could work anywhere. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing….but it’s true.

“Thanks of course to the music makers, the bands, the djs….the dancers and chancers. The beating heart of the venue.

“Thanks to the behind the sceners…….maybe you were never quite sure what they did for the place but wondered why they always seemed to have drinks vouchers. Often I didn’t really know either.

“I hope that this marks the end of a chapter rather than the end of the story and that we can rekindle the spirit of Clarks in some future project. To that end, let’s keep this page alive and keep in touch.

“Finally, on behalf of management and senior staff Lisa, Kit, Ben, Ruby, Eilidh and both Hs…..THANK YOU and GOOD NIGHT! Scotty.”

 

 

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