One of Southend's oldest and most well known nightclubs will close on New Year's Eve.

Bosses at Talk Nightclub, Lucy Road, Southend made the announcement on Facebook this evening.

A spokesman posted on Facebook: "It is with the deepest of regret that BLIZZ TRADING has to announce the closure of TALK Nightclub which will occur on NYE as our last trading session.

"The venue which has been known as Talk Of The South. TOTS. TOTS 2000 and Talk has been an icon of the South East nighttime economy for over 30 years!!!

"This is certainly a time of the signs whereby social media and bad media coverage of a geographical location have a devastating effect on the leisure based industry.

"That being said.... we will go out with a bang and a smile. We will do what we do best for the remainder of the year. All of our closing parties to be announced within the next couple of days.

"Lastly... Thank you to all our customers over the last 30 years and all my predecessors. TOTS was undoubtedly the most successful club in Essex for many many years. To all the previous managers, DJ’s, promo, cleaners, bar staff, pot staff, door staff, receptionists, promoters and all other staff. Not to mention the owners. You made it what it was. We salute you."