A swingers’ club has witnessed a drastic rise in members since the end of lockdown restrictions.

Townhouse Swingers, based in Birkenhead in Merseyside, has taken in a raft of new customers since social distancing measures were scrapped.

Membership has risen by 50%, with the owners now trying to recoup what they lost during the pandemic.

Vicky, who has owned the club with Jim since 2012, told the Liverpool Echo it’s been sold out “pretty much every day”.

She said: "People have been scrambling for tickets since we reopened. We've seen that some customers haven't come back over Covid fears but we do hope that they find the confidence to come back to us in the future.

"We've actually had a lot of brand new customers coming. It seems like they've realised that life is too short and thought sod it, let's have some fun.

"It's almost as if it's a new club again."

The club, which claims to have 20,000 members, has faced a real battle for survival during the pandemic with only limited access to funding.

Vicky said that they relied on fundraisers, item sales and anything they could get from Wirral Council to stay afloat before their much-anticipated reopening.

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She explained: "We have had very little help and support from the Government as we didn't fall into one category. It was touch and go whether we would make it.

"So in the end we had to fundraise and sell stuff to make sure we could keep going. The response was really humbling, especially from our LGBT and fetish community because they are the ones who really rely on us.

"It really did help us out and showed us that we were important to them. We were worried that we were being forgotten about a little bit.

"Wirral Council were amazing though throughout the pandemic. They gave us funding where they could but we lost thousands just out the walls when we were closed."

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Vicky and Jim were clear with members throughout lockdown that they would remain closed and respect Government guidelines.

Thankfully for the pair, who go by their first names only in any announcements, customers have been desperate to come back – but there are a few new rules.

They are asked for proof of both vaccines on arrival, but for those with just one jab or no vaccine at all, the club insists on a negative Lateral Flow Test.

All the staff have been double vaccinated, and there is now alcohol gel and foam wash around the venue for guests to use.

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