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Former Shrewsbury nightclub to reopen as children's play centre

By Aimee Jones | Shrewsbury | Shrewsbury entertainment | Published:

A former Shrewsbury town centre nightclub is set to be transformed into a children's soft play area.

The vacant building in Park Lane, has been home to a string of nightclubs – most recently Inferno, which closed earlier this year.

Now Howard Williamson, who owns the shop in Shrewsbury Bus Station, is reopening it as a not-for-profit children's play centre.

The 59-year-old said: "I want to give something back to the people of Shrewsbury. There's currently nowhere for children to go so I wanted to bring something for them to the town centre.

"I've been asking people who come into the shop what they think of the idea and the feedback has been really good, parents think it's a brilliant idea."

Mr Williamson hopes the centre will be open for business by mid-February.

He added: "The soft play side of things is aimed at toddlers up to junior school age, but there's another side to it where we can put on parties which will cater for everyone including adults.

"It's a bit dark in there at the moment so there's a lot of redecorating to be done to brighten the place up and then we'll be able to put in all the bouncy castles and things like that.

"The plan is to be open by the middle of February."

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones
@aimeejones_star

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire.

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