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Okoko nightclub defends age policy complaint
ONE clubber said Okoko nightclub is adding to the demise of Taunton’s nightlife by not providing people under 20 with a place to party.
Sophie Blest, 19, of Wellington, said the town is gradually becoming quieter since the closure of Bliss and Okoko’s strict Saturday night policy, which only allows in people over 20, is not helping.
She said: “Okoko currently holds the monopoly in the town, and if something doesn’t change soon people will stay in or go out in other places.
“Taunton needs more for young people on Saturday nights or it’s going to keep getting worse.”
Okoko manager Michelle Andrews said the Bliss closure has meant they have to be extra vigilant with people under age.
She said: “We haven’t previously needed to be so strict but Saturday nights are capacity, so we see no reason to change our policy.
“We pride ourselves on providing a safe and enjoyable experience, and there are other nights of the week, such as our new Thursday night deals, when people aged 18-20 can come in.”