Quigley’s celebrates 20 years

Quigley's bar today (Tuesday) celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Quigley's bar today (Tuesday) celebrated its 20th anniversary.
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A TOWN centre bar is celebrating its 20th year in business with a host of celebrations in the run-up to Christmas.

Quigley’s in Albert Street was opened in December 1991 by Irishman Sean Quigley and his wife Elaine.

Mr Quigley said: “I initially bought it to just use the office space upstairs but then we decided to open a bar and we opened during Christmas week.”

Initially Quigley’s operated as a members-only bar but it is now open to everyone and business is thriving.

The anniversary milestone will be fully celebrated in the run-up to Christmas, with events being held each day. On Monday there will be a Christmas folk music session, followed by a performance by Rugby band Paper Street on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, another local band called the Rabble will perform their first ever gig at Quigley’s.

Next Thursday (December 22), the talented James Berryman and his band Attica will celebrate the launch of their new album with a performance at the bar from 9pm. On Friday, December 23 Kudasai - voted the best band in the Midlands - will perform, followed by an Irish and folk night on Christmas Eve.

Over the years a number of bands have played debut gigs at Quigley’s, where Rugby’s pop star James Morrison has also performed. Marston’s has also brewed a special beer for the occasion - Quigley’s 20th Celebration Ale.

Mr Quigley, who hinted he may soon retire, said anybody who joined Quigley’s as a member 20 years ago will get a free pint of celebration ale.