Pub reopens as gay bar after revamp

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A second gay pub has opened in Northampton and is currently undergoing a major renovation.

The Edge of Town, in Regent Square, has been launched at the former site of the Bird in Hand Inn, a notorious troublespot.

General manager Michael Hodgson said the pub had been treated to a complete refit after it was left in "a total state" when the previous venue closed.

The 25-year-old said: "We are still in the process of doing the place up, and it needs a bit of work, but we will completely move away from the reputation of the place as it was before because we will be attracting a completely new clientele.

"This is going to be a great place for gay people to come for a night out. We'll be working in co-operation with the Boston Clipper gay club, because we think there is definitely a chance for us to be partners and offer different things for the market.

"The Edge of Town has agreed to work in partnership with OPEN and its public sector partners, including the police, to ensure that the local gay community feels welcome to our venue and safe when they leave the premises."

The pub is currently licensed until 11.30pm but an application is due to be submitted to extend opening hours during the weekend.