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Blue Orchid reunion hailed a success - and there could be more to come

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NOSTALGIC clubbers partied the night away at the Blue Orchid Reunion last weekend – and it may not be the last.

More than 300 people turned up to the Easter Sunday event at The Granaries nightclub, in Overtons Yard, Croydon.

Organiser Lewis Rooney said ticket holders "lapped up" all their old favourite songs – spun by former DJs from the popular nightspot.

Mr Rooney said there were now plans to hold further events later this year after the online reaction to the Advertiser's stories.

He said: "It was really nice but it wasn't a major turnout so that's why we're probably going to do another one in a few months.

"The atmosphere was great and I don't think we needed any more on the night but there were a lot of people who couldn't make it because it was a bank holiday.

"We're going to have it in a different venue on a Saturday next time and, who knows, it could become a regular thing."

Mr Rooney, 33, first visited the Blue Orchid, in Park Lane, in the early 1990s aged just 13 and led a campaign to reopen the much-missed nightspot, which closed in 2004.

He decided to organise the night at a different venue when it became apparent the Blue Orchid site landlords, Minerva, would not change their minds due to health and safety concerns.

And Mr Rooney said although it was not quite the same, the night was still a big success.

"It was a bit like we were back in 1999," he added.

"The DJs were fantastic and everyone was having a good time even though there weren't as many people as we had initially hoped for.

"Obviously some time had passed and we all looked a bit different. I don't think some people recognised me at all!"

"We had a photographer getting some snaps of everyone and we were selling merchandise so people could have something to remember the night by."

Blue Orchid reunion hailed a success - and there could be more to come


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