Birmingham Club Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Back in late 1999, Ray Vaughan spotted an opportunity when he passed the Galleon dance centre with a ‘For Sale’ sign outside. So, after being gazumped several times, he and his wife Pat were successful in purchasing their exciting new venture.
The renovation work soon began and together with an amazing team of builders, plumbers, plasterers, tillers, carpenters and decorators, the old Galleon dance centre was transformed into Vaughan’s Private Members Club. Everything was ready for a grand opening apart from one very important factor; there was no actual license for the premises.
Ray had taken a massive gamble by having all the work done before a license was granted, but that was a skill of his, spotting massive potential from something small and he had every faith in his wife, Pat, that she would secure the license in court. After a very tense few hours, she proved him right and ‘Vaughan’s was good to go. There was an unofficial celebration party that night with everyone that had helped Ray and Pat’s dream to become a reality.
On the 5th Feb 2000, Ray and Pat, along with the assistance of Anita Greene, officially opened the doors and in flocked family, friends, familiar faces and new people too. Like all fresh ventures, things can go wrong and they did in the form of a power cut but thank fully things were back up and running within minutes thanks to some helpful customers!
Sadly, on 5th August 2012, Ray suddenly passed away and the support from friends, family and customers was outstanding. The amount of people that attended his funeral and offered their condolences to his family was testament of what a popular, well-loved and respected man he was.
Ray had many other great achievements in his life, first and foremost was his family, however the club that proudly carries his name, is his legacy and has come a long way since it’s launch night, in February, fifteen years ago.
Vaughan’s Private Members Club has played host to many fabulous events, including famous Irish singers and show bands to more sensitive gatherings including funerals and wakes.
To date the club continues to go from strength to strength and thanks to regular customers and continuous function bookings, it’s a well established popular venue to visit in Hall Green.
Pat Vaughan said, “As Vaughan’s fifteenth anniversary is upon us we would just like to thank all of our customers old and new for their continued support and friendship.”
Anita Greene added, “We would also like to say a big thank you to all of the amazing staff that have worked with us over the years, as without you all, Vaughan’s would not be the place it is today!”