A TV documentary lifted the lid on the goings-on in a Crawley nightclub’s loos.
The secrets of the ladies and gents at JJ Whispers in Crawley High Street were revealed in explicit detail during, Up all Night - The Night Club Toilet, on Channel 4, on Thursday (October 17).
Marc Simpson, co-owner of the nightclub, said the club ‘had nothing to hide’ and was happy with how the clubbers came across in the 60-minute episode.
He said: “It’s not Bafta award winning TV but it’s entertaining.
“I hope it was taken in a light hearted way as it was intended.”
Marc said Firecracker Films chose JJ Whispers because it was a ‘typical high street nightclub’ and the people there were ‘very keen’ to be involved.
The programme, filmed over four nights, showed how the ladies and gents toilets had their own atmosphere and even their own anthems.
Two toilet attendants, who have come from Nigeria to find work, explained how they made a living by selling small items such as lollipops, chewing gum and sprays of perfumes.
Viewers were given a glimpse of the toilet visitors through the eyes of the patient self employed attendants.
Potential customers included a man who started an argument with the attendant over a fictional twenty pound note; two long lost cousins; a woman outraged at having to put on her shoes on the dance floor; a couple enjoying their first date after meeting online, and other comical characters.
Some clubbers were also interviewed after the night.Marc said this was just a small part of a huge operation which he compared to the Big Brother reality programme.
He said: “There were lots of people there from Firecracker.
“It was all in the basement with a studio. It was like Big Brother HQ.“
However, some people have taken to our Facebook page (facebook.com/crawley.observer) to say they did not like the way the programme made the town look.
Kelly Farnham said: “I don’t think it’s done people of Crawley or JJ Whispers any justice at all!”
Vibeke Harrison added: “I’m proud of being born and bred in Crawley, but the programme was utter rot and not an accurate reflection of Crawley as a town.”
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