Sunday saw the Willow’s last stand.
Well technically it was Monday (July 27), as we all know this is one venue which doesn’t really get into gear until the early hours.
Read Ceri’s original article on her photography blog
After 42 years as a Chinese restaurant and disco (and another 30 years before that as a tea room with the same name) the Willow is closing forever.
Press photographer Ceri Oakes was a regular visitor when she was a student. She returned for one last time a few days before the doors shut.
And her wonderful pictures, reproduced with her kind permission here, capture the unique essence of a Willow night. As Ceri writes on her blog
The smell of cooking oil and prawn crackers hits you as you walk in through those magical double doors, and you can’t help but charge straight onto the dance floor before you’ve even considered buying a Sammy B.
So, what are we going to miss about a night at the Willow?