Bideford strip club mystery unravelled

Bar owner comes clean over gentlemen’s club plans

A PRACTICAL joke suggesting a strip club was opening in Bideford raised eyebrows and put a smile on residents’ faces over the festive period.

With newly painted d�cor and signs, the former DJ’s Sports Bar in Cooper Street was temporarily transformed to advertise the opening of a new gentleman’s club called “Hotter Otter”.

The listed building featured graphics of pole-dancers in the windows and the slogan “When beaver is not enough!” above the door.

Owner Rob Braddick of Braddicks Leisure said: “It was done to raise a smile over Christmas, just for a giggle. I actually had a lot of positive responses, including two job applications.”

The building’s face-lift has replaced the peeling paint and previous signs promising “another super venue for Bideford”, but will for now still remain vacant.

Mr Braddick added: “We did have plans for a trendy wine bar but with the recession those plans have been shelved. We do however have some interest from a pizza company and Costa Coffee.”

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But this is not the first time the “Hotter Otter” has emerged in the town.

Mark Phillips, a Bideford music promoter who organises events at the Palladium Club in the town, said: “It happened about two years ago, at the former food shop by the junction with Bridgeland Street, which is now an accountants.”

He added: “People were up in arms and in a state of disbelief then, too. It’s amazing how one sign in a window can cause havoc.”

The “Hotter Otter” signs are now being removed, but pole-dancing graphics still remain for now.

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