TV show club is reduced to rubble

The start of the demolition of Toll Bar Central Club, Askern Road, Toll Bar. Picture: Andrew Roe
The start of the demolition of Toll Bar Central Club, Askern Road, Toll Bar. Picture: Andrew Roe

A much-loved working men’s club renovated as part of a TV show after devastating floods has been demolished.

Toll Bar Central Club was wrecked by the floods which swamped the village six years ago and which left hundreds of homes, businesses and shops underwater for several days.

The club was later returned to its former glory by hit makeover show DIY SOS, with thousands of pounds being spent to refurbish the club as a multi-purpose function room for all the community.

But the decades-old club has now been reduced to a pile of rubble after bulldozers moved in to flatten the building, which has lain empty for more than a year.

Former customer Kevin Morris said: “It truly is the end of an era and it will be sadly missed.

“This fine old working men’s club held years of happy memories for the people of Toll Bar and the surrounding villages of Bentley, Carcroft and Askern.”

The club became the focus of nationwide attention in 2007 when TV presenter Nick Knowles oversaw the huge renovation project as part of the popular BBC show.

Teams of carpenters, builders, electricians and others worked around the clock to create a brand new community building, by ripping apart and restoring the club’s concert hall across a two-week period in which the TV crew set up home in Doncaster.

But, since its closure, the club has been the subject of numerous vandalism and arson attacks.