It’s goodnight to Ignite

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Is this the most high-profile closure forced on Hemel Hempstead’s leisure scene by the recession?

The Lava and Ignite clubs at Leisure World in Jarman Park are to close after 16 years in the town, following two final club nights taking place in October.

The clubs have been a prominent feature of the leisure park since opening in 1995 but they have been losing money and owner Luminar Leisure has taken the decision to close them.

Head of marketing Stephen Lynn said yesterday afternoon: “The clubs have not been performing well for quite a while due to the economic climate.

“They had lost money and unfortunately we had to take the difficult decision to close them.

“There are certain pockets like Hemel Hempstead that have suffered, but other clubs we own including Oceana in Watford have flourished.

“We would like to thank the team at Hemel for all their hard work in keeping the clubs running.”

The attached bar Jumpin Jaks will also close, but other attractions at the Leisure World site including Luminar’s own Hotshots Bar, and the Empire Cinema and Aqua Splash will remain open for business as usual.

Luminar Leisure has been forced to close clubs in other towns, including one in Stevenage at the beginning of the month.

Two final booked club nights will take place at the nightclubs next month including Kissdafunk on Saturday.

The night has been organised by Jason Willans who has a background in club events.

He said: “We’ve got DJs that play all over the world and between them have played just about most major UK clubs worth recognition.

“I’m shipping in over £60,000 of extra production, including full colour lasers, video projection screens, LED lights and CO2 cannons and we’re looking at a really big show.”

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>Do you have fond memories of the clubs? Perhaps you spent many a night there or found your current spouse? Or are you happy to see them go? Let us know at hemelhx@jpress.co.uk