Under-age clubbing - a real party

MORE than 1,000 young clubbers aged under 18 have the chance to party in safety at an Ipswich nightclub during half term week.Ipswich Local Drug Action Group has joined forces with Liquid nightclub in Cardinal Park to organise a special under 18's club night for 14-17 year-olds on Tuesday 18 February.

MORE than 1,000 young clubbers aged under 18 have the chance to party in safety at an Ipswich nightclub during half term week.

Ipswich Local Drug Action Group has joined forces with Liquid nightclub in Cardinal Park to organise a special under 18's club night for 14-17 year-olds on Tuesday, February 18.

Mike Hill, manager of Liquid and chairman of Clubwatch, organises regular under-18 nights at his club. He is keen to offer Ipswich young people an experience of the clubbing scene in a safe environment.

Ipswich Local Drug Action Group is working with Nightsafe Ipswich to run the fun-packed party night to raise young people's awareness about drug and alcohol issues and key personal safety messages.


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Local DJ outfit Dungeon Crew – a group of young people from Ipswich – will play an hour set of underground garage to get the party started.

Stilt walkers, fire-eaters, run-around quizzes on the dance floor, hair braiding and henna tattooing are among the fun activities to give the youngsters a good time.

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A special VIP area is being set up as a chill-out zone, with slick cocktail bar staff preparing non-alcoholic cocktails at discounted prices. Meanwhile, in the toilet areas, life size colour cartoon figures will be used to prompt discussion about health issues.

Drug education and youth workers will be on hand to speak to young people and offer information and advice on drug and alcohol issues.

They will also take the chance to find out their views about activity in Ipswich and what they think of the event. Rachel Irving, Community Against Drugs Development Officer, said on behalf of the Ipswich Local Drug Action Group: "We are excited to be working with Liquid nightclub to deliver activities and informal education to young clubbers.

Doors open at 7pm and the event finishes at 11.30pm. Clubwatch is part of Nightsafe Ipswich, a scheme to make the town centre a safer place for everyone.

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