THE respectable town of Newport Pagnell is being advertised on fetish websites as a venue for “kinky” sado masochism fans, the Citizen can reveal.
Now the surprised town council is investigating the MK Fetish Night meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month at Watershed bar in the quaint and prestigious Tickford Arcade
Next to shops where unwitting residents enjoy cream teas and shop for curios, the sessions offer massage, toys and a chance for people to ‘let their hair down with a ‘friendly, welcoming kinky crowd’.
The dress code suggests leather, PVC, rubber, military, Goth or anything black.
But, despite the popularity of MK Fetish Night on specialist websites as well as Facebook and Twitter, where it has more than 200 followers, the owners of the Watershed said they were unaware of any fetish activity there.
“We hire the place out privately once a month on a Wednesday evening because it is such a quiet night for us,” said one joint owner, who would only give his name as Andy.
“As far as we are concerned we hire it to a small group of people, including transgenders, who enjoy having somewhere where they are safe from being mocked because they are a little bit different.
“We had no idea it was being advertised online as a fetish night and we have certainly never seen anything like that go on here.”
The Watershed opened in March, billing itself as a “dirty little arthole”. It provides live music and entertainment from local and national artists and can stay open until 3am five nights a week.
One Newportonian Ian said: “As a resident of the town I am appalled this is going on and feel the people that live and work around the location deserve to know this is taking place.”
Town mayor Wendy Egan told the Citizen she would be speaking to fellow councillors and Milton Keynes Council about the fetish nights.
She said: “ We respect the fact that groups living alternative lifestyles will want to meet and socialise.
“However, we are concerned about some of the alleged practices taking place at the Watershed and are surprised about the choice of Newport Pagnell and the venue.”