Auntie Ruth’s bar in Northampton set to close its doors on January 1, 2016

Auntie Ruths in Northampton is closing on January 1 after 33 years in the town
Auntie Ruths in Northampton is closing on January 1 after 33 years in the town
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A bar in Northampton town centre which has played host to Amy Winehouse and Jimmy Carr will close on January 1, it has been announced.

Auntie Ruth’s, which opened as The Black Bottom Club in 1981, started as a jazz club with strong links to New Orleans.

Richardsons Group, which owns the bar, has announced it will be staging its last event on New Year’s Eve.

A statement from the company said: “Our New Year’s Eve party marks one last hurrah, making the biggest night of the year even more special.

“The Decade’s Party will return for one more night after a sell-out revival in June. Spanning the three decades that Auntie was partying, 80s, 90s and 00s – she is sure to be going out in style.

“The support the venue has received over the past four decades has been overwhelming and from all of us, we thank you all for doing what you do best – getting together and showing Auntie how you party.”

Famous bands to have performed at Auntie Ruth’s include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sam Lee, Sammy Rimington, The Rebirth, Steve Gibbons, Otis Grand and the Big Town Playboys.

Members of the Northampton Saints squad celebrated in the bar after being crowned European champions in 2000.

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