Ipswich: The future of popular nightclub, Betty’s, in doubt as owner announces retirement

Betty's nightclub in Ipswich

Betty's nightclub in Ipswich

The owner of a popular nightclub in the centre of Ipswich today announced she was retiring from the position, leaving the future of the venue unclear.

Ali Strickland, the owner of Cornhill-based Betty’s Nightclub, made the announcement online on Friday – stating the club will close for the final time on August 31.

The nightspot was part of the Best Bar None scheme and last year was in the running for the scheme’s best independent club gong.

In a statement, Ali said: “On the 31 August 2013 I will be closing the doors of Betty’s Nightclub and hanging my Betty’s boots up for the last time. After 10 years of running Betty’s I have decided to retire from the business allowing me more time to pursue other personal interests.”

The statement did not mention if a new owner would be sought for the club.

The news of Betty’s closure was met with sadness by people in the town, including Ipswich Star readers.

Speaking on the Star’s Facebook page, Sarah Weston said: “Ipswich is constantly losing some of its best assets and this is the case with Betty’s Nightclub.”

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Megan Patrick added: “That’s sad I have not been in a long time.”

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