Flying Handbag reopens after investment

Over £500,000 has been invested in The Flying Handbag recently and manager, Neil Rutherford, can’t wait to show off the new look.
A major refurbishment has seen upgrades to the stage, sound and lighting system, bar, DJ booths and new toilets.
The bar, on Queen Street, has been closed for seven weeks while work has been carried out but it reopens with a relaunch party on Friday (February 28).
Neil Rutherford said: “I can’t remember the last time we had such an investment and it’s great to have this kind of support from Thwaites.
“The new look building got handed back to us at the weekend and it looks amazing. People will see the difference straight away – and we are already getting so many comments from people on our Facebook page about how they are looking forward to visiting.
“We’ve got a fantastic opening night planned, as you might expect from The Flying Handbag, and then we will be opening from noon every day with a refreshed entertainment schedule, led by DJ Pudsley.
“Our old favourites like karaoke and the quiz will return, and we’re delighted that DJ Carmen will be back one night a week too. One new thing will be the introduction of an evening food menu, which I know will be welcomed by many people as they now won’t need to leave the venue to stave off hunger pangs!”
To celebrate the grand re-opening at The Flying Handbag, there will be live performances from X-Factor star Joe McElderry, the winner of Pride Stars 2019 and Karaoke World Championship 2019 Jenny Ball, and local singers Emma-Louise Jackson and Johnny Wright.
The Flying Handbag has been a key part of Blackpool’s LGBT community and wider nightlife economy since 1994 and was bought by Thwaites in 2019.
Andrew Buchanan, Director of Pubs and Brewing at Thwaites, said: “Blackpool has a thriving bar scene so it’s really important for a venue to stand out from the crowd. Ever since we acquired The Flying Handbag, we have been in no doubt that it does just that and that is because it has developed such a strong sense of community thanks to Neil and his team.
“Now it has a fantastic new look the team can be proud of – we’ve refurbished the venue from top to bottom. The opening night promises to be a fantastic celebration with live music and I’m looking forward to hearing the reaction from customers.”
The Grand Reopening Party starts from 8pm on Friday (February 28) and everyone is welcome.