A MAJOR entertainment venue in Mexborough has been closed for the third time in just over a year - leaving organisers of a charity event high and dry.
The doors to the Majestic Suite and Pocket Snooker Club on Bank Street were locked shut last week with a sign up stating ‘Closed Until Further Notice’.
The owners were quick to stress the venue would re-open when it closed on two previous occasions for refurbishment in January and July last year.
No-one from the venue would return our calls this week
Mexborough mum-of-two Donna Howley, who is fighting back after doctors found tumours in her brain, and her friend Maxine Grainger had organised a fundraiser at the venue for last Saturday, April 21.
Around 300 people had paid to see a charity concert by Stars in Our Eyes and to take part in a raffle, with prizes collected from local businesses and those supporting the event.
But they had to cancel the show and re-arrange it to take place at Goldthorpe Reform Club after learning the venue had closed.
Maxine told the South Yorkshire Times she was furious with the owners. She said: “With just a week to go we saw a sign on the door saying the Majestic had closed, sorry for any inconvenience. I was getting a bit hysterical.
“They didn’t even have the decency to let me know. What would have happened if we had turned up with 300 guests and no pub?
“To do that to someone who they know has had cancer - I can’t put it into words.”
According to the Majestic Suite website, it is currently managed by Excell Venue & Media Management. They did not respond to our requests for interviews this week.
Rotherham-based CPS Leisure, believed to be the building owners, and LIPS Leisure Ltd, the business owners, were not available for comment either.
The venue has a long tradition of hosting charity events, wedding receptions and concerts.