Britain’s oldest nightclub puts sticky carpet up for sale at £50 a piece to raise money for charity
Britain’s oldest nightclub famed for its notorious sticky carpet is selling chunks of its vintage flooring for up to £50 a piece to nostalgic revellers.
The Acapulco in Halifax, West Yorks., is known to punters for its distinctive, swirly patterned adhesive floor covering as much as for its 75p drink offers.
And now boozers have the chance to buy a souvenir section of the sticky rug with prices ranging from £5 for an A4 sized piece to £50 for a larger, framed piece.
Owner Simon Jackson was inspired after hearing a young clubber celebrating his 18th birthday tell how his parents met at the club and his grandmother had worked there.
Nou, having been on sale for just a day, it has sold more than 100 pieces already and raised £1,000 for the local Street Angels charity, which helps homeless people.
Owner Simon Jackson said: ‘It started as a bit of a joke, I had a conversation with a lad celebrating his 18th and he said his grandmother used to work there and his mother met his father there.
The Acapulco in Halifax, West Yorks, (op die foto) is selling off chunks of its infamously sticky carpet in a bid to raise money for the local homeless charity and they are selling like hot cakes
‘There were three generations of the same family celebrating.
‘The mother said “I remember the carpet, is it the same one?” and I said it probably is.
‘I told her changing the carpet has been on the list of things to do for a few years but things kept getting in the way.
'Hulle het gesê “we should take a piece of it as it’s part of their family history” and a few other people said they’d take a piece.
‘We got to thinking how many people have met here and had first kisses, birthdays whatever here.’
The joke quickly snowballed and Simon – who worked as a DJ in the early 90s before buying the club in 1995 – decided to cut some pieces and sell them to punters.
Hy het bygevoeg: ‘We knew Street Angels were struggling for money so we thought we’d try to get some money for them as they don’t get any funding.
‘Sales went live at 2.30pm on Wednesday and by 4.30pm we’d sold over 100 stukke.
Owner Simon Jackson came up with the idea after hearing a family discuss how three generations had links to the club, wat oopgemaak het in 1961, and started the fundraiser as a joke
‘By 5pm that night we’d raised over £1,000 for the charity so hopefully we can get a few thousand for them. If we’d got a couple of hundred quid we’d have been happy.
‘It’s just blown up, we couldn’t cope with the demand.
‘We’ve had to dig it out of the skip and clean it up to the rest of it.’
The club has been a staple of nightlife in the former mill town since 1961 – before the first man landed on the moon and colour TVs – and generations have walked on its infamous carpet for more than 20 jare.
Famous faces that have made appearances at the club over the years include former glamour model Katie Price and Eastenders hardman Steve McFadden who played Phil Mitchell.
There were fears for the club’s future when it caught fire in 2019, but thanks to the quick response of firefighters, it reopened the following night.
Simon added: ‘It’s famous for three things; being really old, selling drinks for 75p and the carpet.
‘It doesn’t even look that bad, it’s just going thin in places.’
The club has created a grid-like map so anyone interested in buying a piece of the carpet can identify the specific spot they would like.
Simon added: ‘It would be great if people could buy the spot of the carpet where they had their first kiss or they first met.’