A CAMPAIGN to save one of Oswestry’s most loved music venues is picking up pace.
After raising nearly £10,000 already, the people behind the Save the Ironworks drive are now planning an August Bank Holiday mini festival at the Church Street venue to help boost funds and drum up more support ahead of the deadline on September 12.
Scores of local acts have signed up to the bill, giving their time for free, and all proceeds will go towards helping to keep the bankers at bay.
Anyone who goes along will also be able to help out by ‘buying a brick’, an idea owners Steve and Roslynn Gore came up with in a bid to turn the club into a community interest company.
Mr Gore revealed the Ironworks team, which has also won the backing of Shropshire Council leader Keith Barrow, are beginning to feel very positive about the venue’s future thanks to all the support they have won from the community.
He said: “We were given £700 on Thursday afternoon alone and the momentum (in fundraising) is excellent.
“It’s very reassuring to find there’s public interest and that our work has been worthwhile.
“To have Keith Barrow and the council behind us shows they value The Ironworks very highly and what Oswestry has to offer.
“We’re feeling quite buoyant.”
The weekend will kick off with Renny Jackson on Thursday, August 22, and the fourth heat of the Ironworks Acoustic Competition on Friday, August 23, with the official Save the Ironworks weekend taking place on Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25.
Entry is free at the weekend and the music, which will feature artists including Stayawake, who are also celebrating the launch of their EP, Fight the Bear, and Gregory S. Davies, will start at noon on both days.
The famous Ironworks burger will be served and an auction of memorabilia will help raise extra cash.
For more information or to help fight for the cause call 01691 679 123 or 07855 565048, or email email@example.com