Midge Ure and Robert Plant join Bath community campaign to save the Bell pub
A campaign to save a Bath pub has continued to receive support from the great and the good of the music world.
Bath rising star Gabrielle Aplin, Ultravox frontman Midge Ure, The Darkness and former Led Zeppelin band member Robert Plant have all given their support to the Bell Inn Community Buyout.
Mr Plant said: "For the last ten years or so many of my musical adventures have been with friends from Bristol and Bath, so I'm fully aware of the Bell and its legacy and its contribution to the musicians and audience in the surrounding area.
“To me, the Bell is a crucial and integral venue and a great window into the world of music and entertainment in the West Country."
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Miss Aplin studied at City of Bath College before she reached number one at Christmas with her cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's The Power of Love.
The 20-year-old said: “The Bell in Walcot Street is a really magical place; every Bath music fan and every Bath musician, including myself, has spent many evenings crammed into the tiny bar listening to a huge variety of live music on offer almost every night of the week. It’s where new musicians cut their teeth and more established musicians return time and time again.
“The idea of the local community owning the Bell is fantastic and I'm fully behind the community buyout. Along with everyone who's ever been there, I'd be really devastated to see this special place taken over by a pub chain. With so many small venues across the UK being forced to close, it’s great to see the residents of Bath coming together to avoid the same fate for one of my favourite venues.”
Last week the Bell Inn Community Buyout confirmed
The Wurzels, The Stranglers, Will Gregory from Goldfrapp, Glastonbury’s Michael Eavis, Portishead, Baka Beyond and Clare Teal had all signed up in support.
Mr Eavis said: "The Bell in Bath is one of the foundation stones of the vibrant live music scene here in the South West. There are fewer and fewer of such places around, providing high quality free live music, giving a chance to up-and-coming bands and welcoming back the more established ones.
“The Bell and Glastonbury Festival are both part of the same family and are trying to do the same thing in their own distinct ways. We must not allow the Bell to become just another chain pub or worse, and I would urge everyone to support this splendid community enterprise."
The Bell Inn Community Buyout scheme has until March 20 to raise the £925,000 needed to bid for the Walcot Street pub.
The scheme is offering local people the chance to buy shares from £500 to £20,000.
For more information visit, www.bellcommunity.org.uk