Falkirk institution The Martell calls last orders

Alan Milliken hands over the reins of the MArtell to Mark Miller who will reopen it as a live music and club venue, Warehouse

Alan Milliken hands over the reins of the MArtell to Mark Miller who will reopen it as a live music and club venue, Warehouse

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A Falkirk institution is calling last orders after 26 years of providing night time entertainment .

The Martell in Burnbank Road will close on Friday and reopen next month as Warehouse, a live music venue and nightclub.

Owner Alan Milliken, who still works there on Friday nights, with wife Maureen running the bar, says he is sad to see the end of the club but it’s time to move on.

Alan, a property developer from Torwood, said: “There are lots of great memories here and we want to go out with a bang.

“Farewell Friday is bringing lots of favourite DJs from over the years and we think it’s going to be a great night.

“The response we’ve had from customers has been amazing, people have been contacting us saying they met their wife in the club or had some of their best nights here.”

Alan bought the former snooker hall in 1989 and ran it as a pool venue with live music, it became a full time nightclub in 1995. Over the years the club has hosted acts such as Dundee band The View and TTF.

But now he is handing over the keys to Mark Miller, who also owns Audio in Glasgow.

He chose to open his second venue in Falkirk and has secured gigs from acts including Judge Jules, Midge Ure and Cast in the coming months.

Mark said: “I’ve been looking for a bigger venue in a town rather than a city for a while so when I found the Martell it seemed perfect.

“It’s double the capacity of my place in Glasgow and Falkirk has great transport links for all of central Scotland.

“We are keen to host gigs for local bands as well as big names and we will operate as a nightclub too.”

Visit www.musicglue.com/warehouse to buy tickets for any of the gigs. Mark will refurbish the venue and hopes to open next month.