Chris planning another Mermaid reunion

Chris Tucker with the sign for The Mermaid Bar

Chris Tucker with the sign for The Mermaid Bar - Credit: Archant

Forgetting any mythical connotations, mention of The Mermaid evokes one thing for a certain generation – flares, groovy tunes and the most happening place in town.

Chris Tucker led the legendary venue on The Esplanade’s revival for one night only last year and, after its roaring success, he now hopes to get the gang back together once again.

This time he is relocating the 1970s soiree to the town’s rugby club.

Speaking of last year’s revival, the chartered surveyor said: “I was worried that no-one would come and there would just be me and a couple of friends staring at each other across an empty bar.

“But my worries were unfounded and I am pleased to report it was a huge success and the place was absolutely packed.

“It was like being back in the seventies – except everyone had grey hair.”

People came from as far afield as London and the Home Counties to return to The Mermaid and filled it to capacity.

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“A lot of people made a special effort to come and there were a lot of people I didn’t recognise,” added Chris, who is now in his 50s.

“Everybody seemed to have a great time, so it was really worthwhile.”

He said he initially secured the former premises of The Mermaid, Jack’s Bar, part of the Bedford Hotel, but was then told it would not be opening as it traditionally has during FolkWeek.

Chris thought that was that – but those that enjoyed the reunion and others who missed out urged him to repeat it.

The Tiverton resident, who grew up in Sidbury, decided to relocate the party to Sidmouth Rugby Club.

“It won’t be quite the same of course, but if we get the same crowd of people who loved The Mermaid and the music of the seventies, I am hoping the atmosphere will be just as good,” he said.

“I just hope it will be as well attended. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Chris will make a small charge to cover the costs, and any profit will be donated to charity.

The party will run from 8pm to midnight on August 14.

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