Photos from the first night at Bar Silk in Cleethorpes in 2005

Here we go back 17 years to the summer when Bar Silk – now The Scratching Post – first opened

High Street in Cleethorpes has seen quite a few venues over the years, but Bar Silk has been a mainstay for the better part of a decade.

Now known as The Scratching Post after a 2013 renovation, the intimate venue opened in June 2005, offering what was then described as “a cozy place to drink and dance by night and a cozy cafe by day”. . The venue also offered Thai food in an upstairs restaurant.

The bar was opened by Carl Hardy who teamed up with his mother Elaine and her husband Dave Fryman to launch the 110-seat establishment.

Ahead of his big opening day, Carl told the Telegraph: “It’s something different for Cleethorpesadding that it was about playing “all kinds of music, including house”, as the former Leeds DJ hoped to bring the vibe of the bustling Yorkshire city to the station.

The trio then took over the Beluga Bar and converted it into Gypsy Tears which opened in April 2009 before undergoing a revamp to 0° North and /Ku:p/ in 2016. In the meantime, they also opened The Bobbin in November 2014.

A look back at when it all started, with the opening night of Bar Silk 17 years ago…

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