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Here comes the bride...on Wigan Pier

Weddings on the rise for Frog and Bucket venue

Written by . Published on June 14th 2011.


Here comes the bride...on Wigan Pier

THE team behind the Frog and Bucket comedy club is seeing a rise in the number of couples getting married in the pub on Wigan Pier it bought out of receivership two years ago.

Dave Perkin told Confidential The Orwell had held around 30 weddings since getting its licence a year ago and has another 50 on the books, charging £1,000 or more.

"The club is doing a lot better this year than it did last year. It took a year to build up trade but it's performing well."

Perkin said the converted Victorian Warehouse was ‘performing well’ since the purchase, although it had taken a year to build up the wedding trade.

“People tend to book weddings a year in advance so it took a while to get it going,” he said. “But it’s really picking up now. It’s something different I suppose.

"The club is doing a lot better this year than it did last year. It took a year to build up trade but it's performing well."

The pub also hosts the Frog and Bucket comedy road show on the last Saturday of every month, and Perkin said the 600-capacity venue was also managing to pull in football and rugby fans during match days.

“As a complex, The Orwell has a lot to offer,” said Perkin. “Canal trip groups use the pub as a meeting place and the Lord Mayor had his birthday party here.

“The pub’s become a destination for football and rugby fans passing through the area. And course, Wigan are still in the Premier League so that helps a lot with publicity."

The three-storey building also puts on keep fit classes, open-mic nights, business conferences, band practices and talent shows.

Perkin said he had no plans to buy any more venues to run aongside the clubs he runs in  Manchester, Preston and Wigan, 'unless the right distressed site comes up.'

 

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