Falkirk’s longest established nightclub has been given the go ahead to open earlier in the day to let it host children’s parties and fitness classes.
Storm, formerly known as Doaks Ballroom, Oil Can Harrys and the Maniqui, has been an institution in the town for 80 years.
But changing times have forced the owners to look to look at ways of expanding the business by offering a more diverse range of services as well as opening up the premises during daylight hours.
Falkirk Council’s licensing board members agreed to vary Storm’s premises licence, allowing the Meadow Street nightclub to open for longer throughout the week and be hired for private functions.
The board heard Storm was looking to add conference facilities for daytime business meetings and also planned to host private functions like weddings, funerals, wedding receptions, birthdays, live music, fitness classes and more.
Owners David and William Johnstone said they would not open the premises every Sunday, but wanted the option to do so if the demand was there.
They were granted permission to open from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Wednesday, from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursdays and Sundays and from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. All private functions will have to finish no later than midnight.
Board convener Malcolm Nicol said he had concerns about children getting access to the nightclub, but was assured that would not happen.
He added: “This premises has been an integral part of the town for 80 years and I see this another chapter in the owners meeting the challenges of changing times.”