Revolution Sunderland has said a final farewell to its customers in an emotional post after announcing its permanent closure.

The popular bar in Sunderland city centre said it would "love to keep the party going" but due to the devastating effect of the coronavirus pandemic this was not possible.

Revolution Bars Group previously confirmed its plans to close six of its sites, putting 130 jobs at risk after the Government’s 10pm curfew cut its sales by more than a third.

Of those closing, the group confirmed that its Sunderland venue is among those to shut its doors for good.

In an emotional post on its Facebook page, Revolution Sunderland thanked its customers for the "memories".

The post said: "As you may have already seen, we have made the difficult decision to keep our doors permanently closed.

"This decision hasn’t been made lightly, and whilst we would love to keep the party going the effects of the pandemic have meant that it’s not possible.

"It’s now officially time for us to say goodbye to our beloved Sunderland. We’re going to miss our amazing team who have helped make our time here so memorable. You're all so special to us. Cheers to you all.

"Sunderland might be a bit quieter without us but you can still visit Revolution Durham and Revolution Newcastle for your #RevsDate. We know they would love to have you.

"We've had the best time with each and every one of you. From our regulars to our party planners, and everyone in between - thank you for the memories, we’ll miss you all."

The group has a string of bars and restaurants across the UK including Revolucion de Cuba, Revolution in Newcastle city centre and one by Durham’s Framwellgate Bridge.

Revolution Bars’ comparative sales had been bouncing back before the curfew was put into place, reaching nearly 78% of last year’s levels in the three weeks before the restriction was introduced.

However, since then sales had fallen to less than half of last year’s levels, at 49.4%.

The company said it expects the important Christmas period to be "severely compromised" and that it will not be possible to return to "near normal levels" before spring at the earliest.

Although England will leave lockdown on December 2 the North East will be under Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.

Chief executive Rob Pitcher previously said: "Throughout this extended period of distress caused by Covid-19, the group has sought to prioritise the health and wellbeing of its staff and customers, minimise its cash consumption, maintain good levels of liquidity to ensure its ongoing viability, and to be in a position to take advantage of opportunities that may arise once restrictions are lifted."