THE owners of a much-loved music venue believe it would “take a miracle” to save it from closure.
Steve and Roslynn Gore have been leading a campaign to save The Ironworks in Church Street, Oswestry since it went into receivership last year, but despite their best efforts the building is finally going up for auction on Thursday.
The couple launched a ‘buy a brick’ appeal in September and Shropshire Council designated the venue a “community asset” in the hope those desperate to see The Ironworks survive would help safeguard its future with cold hard cash.
A six-month moratorium on any sale was instigated but the bank sought to override this with an exemption clause.
Mrs Gore said: “We hoped local people would chip in to try and save it and it’s a great shame for the town that it hasn’t worked so far.
“We’ll be very sad to see it go.”
The Gore’s daughter, Nicole, is also dreading the thought and stepped in to do what she could to help by setting up an online appeal for funds, with the help of a video created by Kinoculture, on international “crowdfunding” site www.indiegogo.com.
She said: “I have seen the battles my parents have fought for The Ironworks.
“I have seen the spectacular events it has staged and I have seen how the young musicians and artists of today and tomorrow have benefited from this iconic dream.
“I cannot stand by and watch as all that my parents have worked toward, all that they have achieved, is broken and shattered,” she added.
But the appeal has so far only raised £1,245 of the £148,000 needed to retain the music, theatre and arts venue as a going concern.
Roslynn admitted she and Steve felt “very philosophical” about the situation and were glad they gave it a go.
“What we need is a successful musician to step in and offer to help, but I don’t think we’ve been going long enough to attract someone like that really.
“We did our best and it was a fantastic experience.
“But short of a miracle I think we’re stuck,” she added.