Top local DJs are among the thousands to share their memories of The Coach nightclub which has been forced to close permanently because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
News that the popular Banbridge venue is to shut after 40 years caused a wave of sadness to sweep through several generations who spent their youth on its faleemous dance floor.
Social media has been set alight with stories of happy times spent at The Coach which kept evolving over decades to remain one of the biggest nightclubs in Ireland.
The fearsome doorman Davey, free admission on a Wednesday night, new romance and the best tunes for miles around are among the many fond tales told online.
For those who grew up in the Troubles during the 80s and 90s, it served as a safe haven where sectarianism was left at the door.
Music was always at the heart of The Coach's success and from the best chart music in the 80s, it transformed in the 90s to become a mecca for dance music fans, attracting some of the biggest DJs in the world.
For a young Pete Snodden it was an honour to be asked to guest DJ at The Coach while starting out in his career during his university years.
The Cool FM star recalls: "All roads led to The Coach. The atmosphere in it was absolutely fantastic.
"My first association with it was when I was at university in the late 90s and I was invited to do a guest slot by Mark Wesley who was resident DJ there.
"It had some spectacular dance music and had all the best DJs, some of the biggest in the world and the atmosphere was incredible.
"In the DJ box you had a view over the whole place and you always felt the atmosphere which would build and build as the night went on, reaching a crescendo at the end of the night.
"When the lights came on and no one wanted to go home it was just the best if you were the person who got to play one more tune and the place went daft.
"They always had the best sound and light equipment and as a DJ, having the opportunity to play there was brilliant. I have nothing but fond memories of it and it takes me back to a really happy place and good times in my life.
"I think it is really sad that it is closing and the next generation coming through won't get to know it."
Mark Wesley Lavery, who is still spinning discs at Cool FM every other Sunday with The Cool Years and runs his own entertainment business, was resident DJ at The Coach from 1989 until 2008.
He lives in Banbridge and every day drives past the building which holds such amazing memories for him.
Mark says: "The Coach is an institution and for years it was seen almost like a rite of passage for young people going out for the first time.
"I was lucky enough to work there from 1989 and see so many music trends come and go; The Coach was really cutting edge with its music.
"It was such a large part of my life for many years and I had nothing but good times there. I met my wife at The Coach and brilliant friends who I still have today.
"It always got an incredible crowd. It was the first club I went to when I was 17 in 1981 and there would have been 2,000 people there on a Wednesday and Saturday night and the same for the golden oldies on a Friday night.
"People travelled for miles, from as far away as Enniskillen and Omagh to go to it and you would see the buses lined up outside it to take everyone home. People met their partners there and it pulled both sides of the community in, it didn't matter where you were from and it was amazing to be part of that.
"I wish I could turn the clock back and go there one more time. It is very sad as I feel that young people are going to be robbed of the chance to experience those great times. It is such a shame that such an amazing venue and such a remarkable club with all that history is now just vacant."
Banbridge DJ Lee Paul Brackenburry started work collecting glasses in the nightclub at the age of 16 and was then thrilled to be invited into the DJ box where he was resident for 10 years up until 2010.
Lee Paul, who still DJs through his company LPB Entertainment, recalls: "I got a job lifting glasses at the time when Brian Scullion ran The Coach and Davey Preston was on the door.
"Davey was an institution in The Coach and famous for asking people for their ID.
"I then blagged my way into becoming a DJ. I couldn't believe I was getting paid to go and play music in somewhere like The Coach. For me back then it was a dream come true.
"It was the place to go; it was just brilliant and always had the most up-to-date music. I was gutted but not surprised by the announcement as there is so much uncertainty right now. The Coach closing is a big loss for Banbridge."
While it became famous for its dance music and top DJs in the 90s, thousands of people remember it from the 80s when it was one of the few safe havens from the Troubles playing all the best chart music.
Caroline Cotter (59), a receptionist from Portadown, was going with her sisters and friends from her mid-teens.
She too has only fond memories. "It was free on a Wednesday night and £2.50 to get in on a Friday and Saturday.
"Davey was on the door and he never said no to me thankfully but turned many people away if they didn't have ID.
"He searched your bag every single time you went through the door. To me Davey is the Coach, everybody talked about him, good and bad.
"The music was amazing and the owner then, Brian Scullion, was really friendly and got to know everyone, even though there were thousands who went.
"I was usually the first on the dance floor and they played all the big hits and the dance floor was always full. I remember Halloween and the fancy dress and queuing outside from 4pm in all weathers to get in. It is very sad news that it won't be there anymore."
Like many teenagers in the 80s, Karen Ireland from Dromore was sneaking out of the house to meet her friends at The Coach.
Karen (48), who works as a communications manager, recalls her very first night at the club: "I was just 15 and told my parents I was going to babysit. I borrowed a mini skirt from my neighbour who did me and my best friend's make-up to try to make us look older.
"We thought we were the bees-knees and our biggest fear was that we were going to get stopped by the doorman Davey.
"If he refused you entry, you would go back outside and wait for an hour and then come back with a different crowd and you usually got in.
"I'm devastated it is closing. It was like a rite of passage for teenagers going to The Coach on a Saturday night. It was great for mixing and getting to know people. I made friends there that are friends for life and I am still in touch with them to this day."