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New sports bar opens in Whitley Bay

Dillon Blake, bar manager; Andrew Todd, cocktail bartender; Phill Brumwell, managing director; Kieran Brannen, employee; and Phil Smith, operations manager.
Dillon Blake, bar manager; Andrew Todd, cocktail bartender; Phill Brumwell, managing director; Kieran Brannen, employee; and Phil Smith, operations manager.

A new sports bar has opened in Whitley Bay, creating three new jobs in the process.

With the football World Cup approaching, Bar 52 has opened its doors in South Parade.

The new attraction will screen a variety of sports from around the globe on its HD TVs.

Whitley Bay ward councillors Sandra Graham and John O’Shea were among invited guests on hand to help officially open the bar.

Linked to the recently opened Hotel 52, the bar offers a wide selection of food and drinks and provides entertainment, including pool tables, dart boards, quiz nights and open mic nights, with separate lunch and evening menus.

The High Street Group of Companies is behind the venture, which will eventually deliver a string of boutique hotels and bars across the region under the 52 brand. A second hotel has already opened in Stanley.

Accompanying restaurants – the Latin American flavoured Loca or Italian-themed Pazzo, both meaning ‘crazy’ – are also operating in these locations.

With its headquarters in Cuthbert House, Newcastle, The High Street Group was established by entrepreneur Gary Forrest in 2006.

It has grown to become a leading financial and property group, employing more than 100 people in large-scale property development and construction, hospitality and leisure.

For more about Bar 52, which is open from noon until late, see www.bar-52.co.uk