A BELOVED music venue has ceased trading despite a valiant effort to save it.
The Ironworks had been under threat for months as its owners Steve and Roslynn Gore fought against bank advice to put the business up for auction.
And with overwhelming backing from the music community through a ‘buy a brick’ campaign and support from Shropshire Council, the Church Street venue looked like it was out of the woods.
But in a cruel twist HSBC has ignored the council’s bid to nominate The Ironworks as a cultural community asset under the Government’s Community Right to Bid scheme, which aims to give people the chance to buy a building or land should it go on the market.
Mr Gore, pictured, said: “The council can put a moratorium on any sale of the building under the scheme, but HSBC got very annoyed about that.
“They are trying to overrule the community interest and the power of Shropshire Council. We just feel now that the best course of action in the short term is to suspend trading to sort things with the bank.“
Despite his obvious upset at the new turn of events, Mr Gore said he was not giving up the fight.
The couple are hoping to speak to North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson, who has previously voiced his support for the venue, and Eric Pickles, the MP who brought in the Community Right to Bid scheme, with the hope of bringing the bar back to life.
“This is such a significant issue, a very difficult situation,” Mr Gore said. “We’ve offered various solutions, all of which have been denied.
“But there’s such a positive attitude towards The Ironworks from so many individuals and Shropshire Council that we’re still hoping for a positive solution.”
The venue ceased trading on Wednesday, September 25, after an acoustic night on Tuesday, with the loss of about eight staff.
Mr Gore added: “We’ve spent 10 years with The Ironworks and we can’t let it go now. We’ve got to find a way to save it.”