RETRO: Melinda Messenger opens Sheffield nightclubs - while DQ and Niche are no more

Melinda Messenger gets the red carpet treatment on arriving to open the new nightclub complex at the Arena Leisure Park.
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Melinda Messenger gets the red carpet treatment on arriving to open the new nightclub complex at the Arena Leisure Park. LINDABB
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Sheffield clubs have certainly attracted some big names over the years, and in 1997, glamour model and TV presenter Melinda Messenger swooped in to open a clutch of nightspots at Valley Centertainment.

Melinda, a model who presented Cowboy Builders for Channel 5 and has also taken part in Celebrity Big Brother, switched on the lights at a nightspotcomplex at Centertainment.

Melinda Messenger chats with Sheffield lads Mark Brown and Paul Simmonite at the opening of the new nightclub complex at the Arena Leisure Park.
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Melinda Messenger chats with Sheffield lads Mark Brown and Paul Simmonite at the opening of the new nightclub complex at the Arena Leisure Park. LINDABB

Back then, it was envisaged that Centertainment would be an all-in-one leisure and going out facility, with clubs and bars complementing the cinema and restaurants.

Some of the venues there included Brannigans and Club Wow.

Recently, two more Sheffield clubs entered into the annals of history.

Former house music venue DQ nightclub in Bowdon Street closed in December and could even end up as a church, under current plans by Christ Church Central to take the building on and convert it from a shrine to alcohol consumption and dancing to a place of holy worship.

Melinda Messenger opens the new nightclub complex at the Arena Leisure Park.
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Melinda Messenger opens the new nightclub complex at the Arena Leisure Park. LINDABB

Niche nightclub on Sidney Street opened in 1992 and provided a ‘bassline’ club night.

But it was shut in 2005 after a police raid and was left disused thereafter.

But just last month, the site was finally bulldozed - and Niche nightclub is officially no more.

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Guests dance the night away at the opening of the new nightclub complex at the Arena Leisure Park.
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Guests dance the night away at the opening of the new nightclub complex at the Arena Leisure Park. LINDABB

Nightclub Niche, Sidney Street, is being demolished. Picture: Andrew Roe

Nightclub Niche, Sidney Street, is being demolished. Picture: Andrew Roe

DQ Nightclub on Fitzwilliam Street which is to be turned into a church

DQ Nightclub on Fitzwilliam Street which is to be turned into a church

The Niche nightclub is being demolished

The Niche nightclub is being demolished