BOSSES at a popular Greenock nightclub that was put up for sale last year have done a u-turn and are preparing to welcome back revellers.

Local businessman Iain Hamill, who has been the driving force behind Red Nightclub on Cross Shore Street for the past 20 years, is reopening the establishment next month.

Mr Hamill says the new era will involve a 'different shade of Red'.

It will now have a bigger focus on live music events, much to the delight of clubbers old and new.

The owner of the 500 capacity venue has teamed up with local promoter Mia Farrell on the project.

She is the owner of 16 LOVERS LANE Promotions and will work with Mr Hamill to create a weekend line-up.

Mr Hamill said: "Expect some exiting changes as the club moves towards being an event-led venue rather than a Friday only club night.

"Mia is instantly recognisable as the creator and driving force behind the former McGeogh's Music Bar in Greenock.

"Customers on a Saturday can look forward to an exiting mix of original artists, great tribute acts, live jam sessions and up and coming bands, both local and from further afield."

The new venture is also expected to bring an employment boost to the area's hospitality scene, with local jobseekers invited to apply for door steward, bar staff and glass lifter positions.

The first live event will be held on Saturday October 9, with 'Red Fridays' returning the following Friday.

As well as the popular weekend nights, the venue will also be available to let for private functions on Thursday and Sunday evenings.

Mr Hamill said: "Friday will, as always, remain our club night and we cannot wait to welcome back customers both old and new as our DJ and guests reignite the dancefloor.

"Covid-19 obviously remains a major concern for people, so we can assure our customers that Red will implement all necessary measures to remain compliant with current guidelines."