Protest against the closure of Eric's

Large crowd walking down road in front of Liverpool town hall with an Eric's banner, accompanied by a few policemen

Photograph © Gary Stubbs

The late 1970s saw an increase in clubland violence in Liverpool. Although Eric’s had managed to avoid involvement it was raided in March 1980. After some minor arrests the club was closed for the rest of the evening.

However, Eric’s had mounting debts and nervous investors and this was the last straw. Eric’s did not reopen.

"I don't think the police intended to close the club down. Eric's was always in a precarious situation."

Pete Fulwell