Demolition work is due to start on the legendary Shirehorse nightclub in St Ives, Cornwall – that’s if it doesn’t fall down beforehand.
Host to some of the biggest DJs in the UK throughout the 1990s, the Shirehorse was without a doubt the most bangin’ nightclub in Cornwall. So bangin’ in fact, it may have been responsible for the collapse of a nearby stone circle – either that or the circle was knocked over by the clumsy Beast of Bodmin Moor, as some locals suggest.
MC Splann, a resident MC well known for MCing in the Cornish language said:
“Some people blamed the collapse of Towednack stone circle on the Beast of Bodmin Moor, whilst others blamed it on a bangin’ set from the DJ HMS. An expert of some kind or another even suggested that the Beast of Bodmin Moor knocked the stones over whilst dancing to HMS’s set. I guess we’ll never know the truth.”
David Tregear, a bouncer at the club shared his memories: “I do remember this lady who lived in one of the bungalows nearby having a go at me. She’d been suffering from sleep deprivation since 1992. She wanted to turn the music off, and I wasn’t going to argue with someone who hasn’t slept for 7 years.
“No one really knows what happened after she went into the club, but I’ve heard she got lost in the dark and couldn’t find her way out. I remember a couple of regulars telling me that they saw her dancing in the carpark after the club closed, but the story’s never been confirmed. They were good nights.”
Pete Tregenna, a local entrepreneur said: “A friend of mine took me to the club back in ’96 or ’97 and I remember the steam that came from the place when the doors were opened at the end of the night. It was incredible. And it gave me ideas…
“At the time I was racking my brain trying to think of new sources of renewable energy, and I found it at the Shire. Unfortunately the club shut its doors, and there wasn’t another club in the whole of the UK that produced that much steam. My dreams were shattered.”
Bricks from the building will go on sale at the Shirehorse Reunion at the Ritz, Penzance on the 4th March for £1 a pop.