Stranglers, Will Gregory and Michael Eavis back community bid to buy Bath pub the Bell Inn
Music heavy weights have given their support to a community attempt to buy a Bath pub.
According to the team behind the Bell Inn Community Buyout scheme the likes of The Wurzels, The Stranglers, Will Gregory from Goldfrapp and Glastonbury’s Michael Eavis have all signed up in support.
Other bands Portishead and Baka Beyond have also got involved, as well as jazz singer Clare Teal but it is not known how much the groups and personalities have given towards the buyout.
General manager at the Bell Inn, Patrick Cave, who is also involved in the buyout scheme, said: “This is just the beginning this list. We are really working on the musical fraternity.
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“It’s fabulous for the Bell, which has given so much to the live music and vibrant music scene over the years and it’s nice for these people to want to give something back.
“We’ve had people playing here way out of our league. It’s great to be recognised as a credible venue for up and coming acts.”
The Bell Inn Community Buyout scheme has until March 20 to raise the £925,000 needed to bid for the Walcot Street pub in an attempt to save it from falling into the hands of a pub chain, which regulars claim they do not want to happen.
The scheme is offering local people the chance to buy shares from £500 to £20,000.
Mr Cave added: “The appeal is going well but time is short. We are at £175,000 which is a strong three-figure number but we need to keep the profile up and keep the pressure up.”
For more information visit, www.bellcommunity.org.uk