Final act for The Tackeroo

It’s been a well-loved music venue, having such stars as Alvin Stardust and Nazareth entertaining the crowds, but after 16 years the Tackeroo in Hednesford has hosted its final gig.

Around 200 people turned up at the Bracken Close venue for the final send-off .

Owner Geoff Summerfield is retiring after recently suffering a heart attack. 

The 64-year-old has been trying to sell the club for the last two years but so far no buyers have come forward and it has now shut.

He said: “We have had some great times here and some great artists. Way back we had Nazareth play here and we have had all the best tributes from around the country. We have bands come from America to play. People want to hear the best.

“From the start I wouldn’t have idiots in. I know a lot of places do let them in because they spend a lot of money. But I would say for every one idiot you kick out you get three nice people in. It is a shame someone has not come in to take it over.” 

Over the years, the venue has attracted big names including singing star Alvin Stardust and a host of popular tribute bands. For the final send-off Sight N Sound headlined with a performance too from R.O.A.R – Rock Of Ages Reborn. Before Mr Summerfield owned the venue, it was a working men’s club dating back to the 1950s. Although it is his ill health behind the closure, Mr Summerfield admits numbers have dropped in recent years. 

He added: “The trouble is I have noticed people’s mindsets have changed.

“They are now much more health conscious. If you go to any football matches now, whereas they used to be standing outside the pub ahead of kick-off, they are now outside Costa Coffee. We are not getting the numbers now that we used to have.It is getting harder and harder.” 

Regular visitors to the Tackeroo spoke of their sadness at the closure.

Among them was 57-year-old Janette Mahon, from Heath Hayes. She said: “I have been coming here for years. Sometimes I would come early and the bands would be tuning up. It is a real shame it is going. Geoff is a lovely man and I have lots of good memories here.”

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