Male dancers force change in opinion

MALE dancers appear to be causing a shift of opinion over a controversial exotic night at an Ipswich bar, figures show today.

MALE dancers appear to be causing a shift of opinion over a controversial exotic night at an Ipswich bar, figures show today.

Curve Bar's weekly gentleman's night has sparked a war of words in the area with many people praising the event, but also a sizeable number against it.

The Thursday-night event, called Curves, features around 30 women podium and pole dancing, but the revelation that several male dancers also take part has changed the views of some people.

A poll on The Evening Star website suggests that the Princes Street bar has quelled some dissenters because of its unisex appeal.

When asked if the addition of male dancers had made them change their stance, more than 55 per cent (450 votes) of those taking part said yes because both sexes are catered for.

However, nearly 45pc (357 votes) remained steadfast in their opinion and said it was degrading and shameful.

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Fred Tai, general manager of Curve Bar, said: “There is always going to be people for and against anything. Because the night is little bit risqué it has brought it to the forefront.

“People assumed that it was just girls dancing rather than both sexes. What we are offering is becoming more acceptable to the public and people are coming round to the idea.”

Mr Tai added that he experienced less trouble from customers on these nights compared to other nights and said they have not received any complaints from neighbours.

He said: “The police and the council don't have any issues with the night. It is just a bit of harmless fun.”

Ipswich MP Chris Mole has previously said that he is not in favour of the night, arguing the event is not suitable for the town.

Does the exotic night's unisex appeal make it more palatable for you? Write to Your Letters, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.