The Crookes Social Club has won Club Mirror’s Entertainment Club of the year, beating 1,600 other clubs to claim the top prize.
The award ceremony, hosted earlier this week by Sports presenter John Inverdale in Doncaster Race Ground, is to celebrate the work of political, social and sports clubs.
The ceremony is the “biggest pan sector celebrations of UK clubs” held annually.
Crookes Social club won the northern category for Entertainment Club of the Year, with Phoenix Arts Club winning the southern category.
Peter Lonsdale, President of The Crookes Social Club, said he was “hopeful rather than optimistic” about their chances and was very pleased with the win, praising the staff in their efforts to improve the club.
The traditional pub, previously known as the Crookes Working Men’s club, recently celebrated its one hundredth anniversary as a bar and venue.
It is known for hosting community events, dances and local fundraisers.
In their acceptance speech, they were praised for their diversity of events and their ability to put on events ranging from music to art to theatre.
Maurice Champeau, general manager at Crookes Social club said they change their events constantly: “We are always looking at the diary to see if we can do something different.”
“It always has to change, it has to be interesting, you can’t do the same thing two or three things on the trot. People just get tired of it.”
“There is an awful lot of competition out there so people need a reason to come out and that’s what we give them.”
Club Mirror is the lead media and support organisation for over two thousand community and social clubs throughout the UK.