Clubbers pay emotional farewell to Gatecrasher

CLUBBERS gathered outside fire-ravaged Gatecrasher One on Saturday for a two minutes' silence in tribute to the iconic nightspot.

The club, formerly Republic, was destroyed by a blaze on Monday evening and is set to be demolished.

The two minutes' silence was organised by Angela Howard, a regular in the club's heyday, as an opportunity for clubbers to share their memories and pay their lasts respects to the devastated building.

Angela, aged 30, now lives in Manchester but she remembers being a regular at the Arundel Street club and she spread the word about the tribute on the internet.

"Gatecrasher was a way of life, it gave me the best times of my life," she said.

"I can't believe it's gone. Today is the first time I have seen it for myself since the fire and I am devastated. I started crying when I saw it.

"I really feel like a friend has died."

Rotherham-based DJ Paul Pearson, among the 20 or so mourners who turned up, said the club inspired him to get behind the decks in the first place.

"Gatecrasher is the only reason why I started DJ-ing," said Paul, 25.

"I am still in shock at the news. It was the best night out ever and nothing could match it.

"I have been coming here for about eight years and it was total inspiration. It will never be the same again, even if they rebuild it."

After the silence, a memorial party was held at the Howard pub on Howard Street in the city centre, which was the unofficial pre-club bar.