Theatre school anger as swingers move in

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The boss of a Chorley theatre company says she feels forced out of her home after a swingers’ club moved in.

Christine Appleby, artistic director and founder of the 25-year-old Say Two Production Company, was horrified to learn an adult club would be using the building she leases.

The 52-year-old has contacted her landlord, asking to leave Primrose Mill in Friday Street, Chorley, as soon as possible.

She said: “We do not want to continue trading under the same roof. It’s not morally or ethically right.”

Say Two, which caters for youngsters aged seven to 19, moved into the mill nine months ago, with Christine believing the building was to be used by other arts groups.

However, the No.3 Club has now moved in and is preparing for its opening weekend on May 20 and 21.

Christine said she would be seeking legal advice and said: “This is a conflict of interests.

“We can’t be in the same building because I’ve had complaints from parents.

“We’ve given a month’s notice and want to move but the landlord won’t release us (from a three-year lease).

“We can’t stay here. We can’t lose our business and our reputation.”

Landlord Frank Patterson said: “The building is a former mill. There’s no reason why the two parties can’t co-exist under one roof without ever meeting each other.

“The theatre group is leaving in September and I won’t stand in their way.”

According to its website, the No.3 Club was hosting a ‘pre-opening party’on May 14, with the official opening next weekend taking place this Friday and Saturday.

Owner Mary, said: “We do not understand why this lady is so upset.

“We are not a brothel and there is no sex for sale. We are an adult only venue for like minded over 21s.

“From day one we have told everyone the type of business we run.

“We have been running this type of business for almost 20 year and never had a problem

“Our entrances are totally, totally different (to the theatre company).

“I’ll have to let people make their own opinions up of what they think it’s going to be.

“I don’t want the lady to leave. I wouldn’t like anybody to be affected.

“There’s hundreds of these places out there.”

Chorley Council was unaware of the premises until a phone call from the Guardian.

Jamie Carson, the council’s director of people and places, said: “We have only just been made aware of this business and officers have been in touch with the owners.

“We have arranged to visit the premises and investigate whether they need to apply for any specific licences.”