HACIEND-OF AN ERA

New Order's Peter Hook, Factory Records' Tony Wilson and DJ Graeme Park witness the end of an era...

Bulldozers moved into the HACIENDA this morning (November 13), closing the final chapter of MANCHESTER’s biggest cultural landmark.

A small group of former regulars and the club’s founders watched as a JCB took out the nightclub’s stage, the first phase of a demolition process that will leave only the old Roundhouse and part of the external wall. The building has been brought by property developers Crosby Homes and will be converted into city centre apartments.

There to watch the historic moment were former owners Peter Hook of New Order,

Factory Records boss Tony Wilson and Hacienda DJ Graeme Park.

As the bulldozers went in, Hook told NME.COM: “It’s a little bit unsettling, but I’m glad that it’s

disappearing because I want it to be a memory. There’s places that I drive

past in Manchester and I go ‘That’s where Electric Circus used to be’ and now

I’ll be going ‘That’s where The Hacienda used to be’. I would have hated

somebody to open it again, because it wouldn’t have been the same.”

Asked for his feelings at seeing the club demolished, Hook said: “The thing

that’s sad about it is that it’s another part of Rob Gretton New Order’s manager, a director of Factory Records and a founder of the Hacienda disappearing.

Losing Rob in the flesh, and we’re losing him in spirit these days. That’s

what’s got to me most.”

Gretton died suddenly last year at the age of 47.

However, Tony Wilson felt no regret about seeing the legacy of the Factory years razed.

“It’s Rock’n’Roll,” he said, “things come and go. If you got upset about bits of the past then the future wouldn’t happen. But it’s a constant annoyance, we moved into the city about three and a half years ago and we had three months living in the city when the club was open, then the club closed and there’s nowhere to go to on this side of town. But I’m far more

interested in a band I saw in a basement four weeks ago than I am in my old

building.”

As previously revealed on NME.COM, the club’s interior decor will be auctioned in aid of the

Greater Manchester Community Foundation, a funding body for deprived parts of the city, on November 25.

Speaking about the auction, Wilson told NME.COM: “I’m very happy with the irony that the club began as a charity and it ends as a charity. But I wonder if there was as much interest at the time, if someone couldn’t have taken the Greater Manchester Police and shaken them by the collar and said ‘wake up’ and similarly with the licensing magistrates.”