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Tributes paid to Alex Buchanan, owner of Lincoln's first pole dancing club

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: March 07, 2013

By Paul Whitelam

  • Sadly missed: Alex Buchanan, pictured in his Cloud 9 club, has died

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The man who opened Lincoln's first pole dancing club has died.

Tributes have been paid to Alex Buchanan, 69, who opened Cloud 9, in King's Arms Yard, off High Street, on March 14, 2004.

He was considered Lincoln's Peter Stringfellow having ran nightclubs in the city for more than 40 years.

He died at Lincoln County Hospital on March 1.

He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and developed pneumonia.

He is survived by his wife Gwen, his ex-wife Pauline, his ex-partner Valerie Parker, four grandchildren with a fifth on the way and his children Laura Thomas, 33, and James Buchanan, 39.

His son, a civil servant from Washingborough, said: "Dad had a massive collection of friends – his hobby and his business was socialising.

"He was so energetic and full of beans.

"He was always looking ten steps ahead rather than the next couple of steps.

"We have had texts from people saying he was a true gent.

"Dad was born in Lincoln on April 1, 1943 and died a month before his 70th birthday.

"He wanted a party but he was too ill so the funeral service will be like his 70th birthday party a bit early."

Daughter Laura, who works for Anglian Water and lives in Richmond Drive, North Hykeham, said: "Dad was not one to sit down and rest.

"He was always so excited about the clubs.

"I came up with the name Cloud 9 for his club.

"Dad was so funny. No one has ever made me laugh like him.

"He would be sat in a group of people and they'd be in tears laughing.

"He was a bit of a wheeler-dealer and he enjoyed going down to Christie's in London to bid at auctions."

It all began for Mr Buchanan, of Farrington Crescent, off Skellingthorpe Road, with The New Penny nightclub, at the top of High Street, in 1971.

AJ's, also in High Street, followed in the mid-1970s.

Mr Buchanan took over The City Club in the mid-1980s which he would later transform into Cloud 9, never believing the city authorities would agree.

Two years ago, Mr Buchanan announced his retirement.

But until recently, even with his health worsening, he still worked three nights a week until 5am at the pole dancing club.

He previously told the Echo: "Looking back on my career running nightclubs, I would say it's been an eye-opener, never a dull moment."

During his working life he also ran a gallery in Steep Hill, Roundabout Antique & Selling Centre, in Burton Road, and Canwick Road Snooker Club.

His widow Gwen said: "I knew him for about 15 years.

"I started off helping him with his clubs and we opened Cloud 9 together.

"We have had a lovely life. Get up and go was his motto. He was a great guy who will be sorely missed."

All are welcome to attend the funeral service at Lincoln Crematorium at 10.30am on Tuesday, March 12.

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15 comments

  • mum2four  |  March 08 2013, 10:48PM

    please dont listen to the small minded loney idiots who make comments like nolies.....obviously a sad little man with no respect

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  • mum2four  |  March 08 2013, 10:46PM

    i had the pleasure of meeting alex many years ago back in the days of the penny ect.a fine man.my thoughts are with his family at this sad time....

  • rascall1  |  March 08 2013, 6:34AM

    I knew Alex and also had bussiness dealings with him many years ago. His advice he gave me was good. I do recall the best was when his first wife was angry or having a go at him, he would whistle and walk away. A technique i atill use today. Even though it has g9t me clobbered by the odd shoe a few times. I am sorry i can not attend the funneral i am in Latvia which is my home now for the last 5 years. Respects to all his family. And to give comfort to his children he loved you dearly and very often spoke warmly of his family life when we did have the odd chat. RIP Alex.

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  • JamesB76  |  March 07 2013, 11:36PM

    Echo, why are the sensible comments and comments from a family member being rated down? Is someone spamming your site? Bad enough that trolls have been on this thread. Either close the comments section or sort it out.

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  • Forever Living Products  |  March 07 2013, 5:18PM

    He gave me advice during my 1st ever bar job at Stadz all those years ago and has always been friendly ever since, a true gent and a top bloke R.I.P. Alex

  • jIMMY7  |  March 07 2013, 2:02PM

    AJs didnt know he was the guy who brought some brilliant bands to play in Lincoln, thanx

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  • Laurabuchanan  |  March 07 2013, 1:57PM

    Nolies please show some respect to my father and my family! You didn't even know him so why comment?! How disrespectful and insulting of you. This is a heartbreaking time for us and the last thing we need are comments from a troll. If you've nothing nice to say then don't say anything at all.

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  • ONLYME2011  |  March 07 2013, 11:57AM

    Nolies, by the sound of it you are a little annoyed im right! Your so clever how you know people without even meeting/knowing them! When my intelligence and morals are as low as yours ill worry.

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  • lynnlincoln  |  March 07 2013, 11:54AM

    I think it's time you put a 'sock in it' nolies.

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  • JamesB76  |  March 07 2013, 11:25AM

    Nolies, everyone has a choice in life. If you don't like it don't go. Simple. There is a time and a place for opinions and this is not it.

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