Nightclub's Polish event goes weekly

Lorna Marsh Good relations between young Norfolk revellers and migrant workers are being boosted with a pioneering evening in the heart of Norwich's clubland.

Lorna Marsh

Good relations between young Norfolk revellers and migrant workers are being boosted with a pioneering evening in the heart of Norwich's clubland.

The weekly event is aimed at the city's Polish community but organisers are urging all clubbers to come along and sample a different culture as well as forge new friendships.

An estimated 6,000 Polish workers have settled in the city since their native country joined the European Union, and Tony Belmonte, owner of Sonic on Prince of Wales Road, said the idea came about after realising there was nothing in the way of nightlife especially for the burgeoning community.

The specialist night - complete with a Polish DJ on one floor and native beers - will now run every Friday.

A trial night was launched on Easter Sunday and organisers said it had gone extremely well, with Eastern European and Norfolk clubbers packing the two floors.

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Mr Belmonte said: “While talking to some of my staff, many of whom are from Eastern Europe, I realised they are extremely short of places to go out and socialise where their tastes are catered for.

“We are so pleased with the positive reaction we received on Sunday. We have our own Polish DJ who is sourcing material for the weekly night and the bars even stock Polish beer.

“We wanted people to be comfortable. We are keen, however, to encourage clubbers from all cultures to visit our night and to sample an Eastern European night that will be new to Norwich.

“As a special offer for the early weeks, entry will be free until 11.30pm and will only be £3 after that, including a free shot of vodka.”

Karol Huppert, spokesman for the Federation of Poles in Great Britain, said: “It is a wonderful idea to bring the communities together.”

Rob Mac, who will complement the Polish DJ by also spinning more familiar club tunes on another floor at the events, said the trial night was “crammed”.

“It went so well, the place was heaving,” he said.

For further details about the club night visit www.sonicnorwich.com or call Mr Mac on 07717177056.