Karaoke bar plan for specialist shop

Gazette: Singing for fun – Zhang Ke, the shopowner’s mother, practices her songs. Singing for fun – Zhang Ke, the shopowner’s mother, practices her songs.

KARAOKE is coming to Colchester.

Plans have been submitted to open a karaoke bar in the town’s High Street, on the first floor above a speciality Chinese supermarket.

Bofei Du, the applicant, an Essex University management graduate, opened the shop in August last year.

She said: “This would be the first I have run. They are very popular in China, every day during afternoons and evenings.

“The shop has been quite busy since we opened in August and I think there is an opportunity here.

“There are many of them in China and they make money and I think there is a chance to do it here.

“It will be a place for friends to meet and sing and I hope to get permission.”

Ms Du, 30, said she fell in love with Colchester after studying here. She said: “I love the feel of Colchester. The people are very nice and I feel safe.”

Under the plans, the bar would be open from 3pm until midnight each day of the week.

The Grade-II listed building was formerly used as a children’s shoe shop.

The only internal alterations planned are a staircase and a change to the room lay-out.

The applicant has agreed to add sound-proofing if required.

Colchester Council has the final say on the application and is set to make a decision by February 24.

Songs you might be singing at the bar:

  • Ferry across the Mersea, by Gerry and the Pacemakers
  • Castle ParkLife, by Blur
  • Wivenhoe or Without You, by U2
  • Stanway to Heaven, by Led Zeppelin

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8:41am Wed 8 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

And.......
Running Up That (North) Hill, Kate Bush
Shut Up And Drive (through the cameras), Rihanna
There Must Be a Way, Louis Armstrong
Town Called Malice, The Jam
Walk on By, Dionne Warwick
Tonight The Streets Are Ours, Richard Hawley
Street Fighting Man, Rolling Stones
And....... Running Up That (North) Hill, Kate Bush Shut Up And Drive (through the cameras), Rihanna There Must Be a Way, Louis Armstrong Town Called Malice, The Jam Walk on By, Dionne Warwick Tonight The Streets Are Ours, Richard Hawley Street Fighting Man, Rolling Stones Say It As It Is OK?

4:08pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Red Tape 2 says...

Don't Laugh At Me ('Cause I'm A Fool) - Essex County Council feat Colchester Borough Council.....
Don't Laugh At Me ('Cause I'm A Fool) - Essex County Council feat Colchester Borough Council..... Red Tape 2

4:49pm Wed 8 Jan 14

jammin says...

Good luck to her

but...30?
Good luck to her but...30? jammin

7:14pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Fellulah69 says...

1/ Oh good....another bar...just what Colchester needs....
2/ Since when has there been a Chinese Supermarket on the High Street??
1/ Oh good....another bar...just what Colchester needs.... 2/ Since when has there been a Chinese Supermarket on the High Street?? Fellulah69

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