RETRO: Remembering the beauty of Brannigans

BABE, DIARY, BABE BEAUTY CONTEST, BRANNIGANS L to R: Emilia Horton , Cathy Jay, Claire Green, Vicki Pearson, Kelly Donlan, Angela Jones.
BABE, DIARY, BABE BEAUTY CONTEST, BRANNIGANS L to R: Emilia Horton , Cathy Jay, Claire Green, Vicki Pearson, Kelly Donlan, Angela Jones.
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We all know and love Valley Centertainment as a great place to have an evening out watching a film or enjoying a bite to eat.

But back when the complex was first envisioned, there was a push to turn the area into an all encompassing destination for nights out on the sauce and celebrity appearances.

BABE, DIARY, BABE BEAUTY CONTEST, BRANNIGANS Left, Emilia Horton and Cathy Jay.

BABE, DIARY, BABE BEAUTY CONTEST, BRANNIGANS Left, Emilia Horton and Cathy Jay.

One such venue was Brannigans, a Broughton Lane bar and restaurant which marketed itself with the catchline ‘eating, dancing and cavorting’.

The bar played host to model Caprice Bourret in 2001.

The American star, known for modelling and acting, had a brief stint as a pop star when she released the single Once Around The Sun in 2001, which reached number 24 in the charts.

The model, best known for her lingerie range and appearing on Celebrity Big Brother in 2005, performed it at Brannigans in February 2001.

dunny Caprice performs live on stage at Brannigans  in the Centertainment Centre Sheffield on 22 feb 2001

dunny Caprice performs live on stage at Brannigans in the Centertainment Centre Sheffield on 22 feb 2001

The bar also played host to a number of other events, including various beauty contests - see the photos across this page.

The venue also put on a Stars In Their Eyes competition, modelled after the hit ITV show of the time, where singers dressed as pop stars and belted out hits in a bid to be crowned best imitator.

It was a time when Centertainment had several late night venues including Players Café and Club Wow.

But by the middle of the ‘noughties’ the bar had shut its doors for the final time.

The same fate also befell its competitors like Club Wow.

It was argued that their out-of-town position made it difficult to compete with more traditionally located city centre venues, and spots which exclusively focused on food took over instead.

n Do you have any photos of classic nights out? Email alex.evans@jpress.co.uk