A BARROW pub is ‘moving with the times’ by undergoing a name change.

Formerly known as Barrow Labour Club, the newly named Cavendish Street Social Club has undergone the change to remove any assumed links to political parties and to modernise.

The name change was voted for at an AGM.

The pub was born when a meeting was held in January 1929 at the Barrow Labour Hall for the purpose of forming a Labour Club and Institute.

The committee was made up of eight men and the club also had a sub entertainments committee made up of 12.

At this time, memberships were to be paid to the Labour Party, costing £9 – the equivalent of £100 in modern times.

In 1977 the club purchased 95 Cavendish Street for £20,500, and today it still stands at 91-97 of the same street.

Although originally part of the Labour Party, Barrow Labour Club had long lost its political ties before manager Kay Bower took over the reins, solo, on May 28, 2000.

Now named Cavendish Street Social Club, the pub is hoping to modernise and become a welcoming place for everyone.

Cavendish Street Social Club secretary Nicola Bower said: “The reason why we are changing our name to Cavendish Street Social Club is to get away from the connotation of it being connected to any political party.

“Around election times we get phone calls and people coming in wanting to speak to a councillor.

“There are so many people who don’t come in because they think of that.

“The Labour Club is classed as a working men’s club so we are trying to get away from the outdated name of working men’s.

“Social club is more up to date, and we are trying to move with the times.”

The club has recently re-baized the snooker table and added new dartboards.

“We’ve got women’s darts, mixed darts, men’s darts, bingo throughout the week and entertainment at the weekend,” said Nicola.

The social club also has a function room for hire, which can be booked by calling: 01229 825492.