We understand that you have taken over the lease for the pub and that you do not wish the Kinks memorabilia to remain on the walls. Kinks fans from all over the world visit the pub each year and the display (which was set up by the late Professor Michael Kraus) gives a lot of pleasure to them. We cannot dictate to you how you should run your business, but we would strongly urge you to keep the plaque commemorating the first public appearance of Ray and Dave Davies, if nothing else.
We think that the other items should not go to a public auction and hope that you will ask the landlord of the Alexandra pub opposite if he will take the memorabilia and display it on the walls there. Failing this, we feel that the items should either be returned to Konk at 84-86 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London N8 7EE, where they came from in the first place, or else be given to the Official Kinks Fan Club to be auctioned at the November meeting where money is raised for the Leukaemia Research Fund.
We hope you will give this serious thought as we are dismayed that The Kinks, who have been so influential in the music world since 1964 and have strong links with the pub, are considered to be an embarrassment to the present leaseholders.
All enquiries to: KinksPetition@hotmail.co.uk
Update March 2008 - the Clissold Arms has now officially re-opened, all that remains are four small photographs on the wall next to the disabled toilets;
A total of twenty items were among those the staff claim were \"lost, stolen or damaged\";
* One guitar
* One Muswell Hillbillies moulded plaque
* One engraved wood/metal plaque commemorating Ray and Dave\'s first performance there
* One vinyl LP record
* Two 7\" singles
* One 7\" sleeve
* Two LP sleeves, one framed
* One large framed promotional poster
* Ten framed promotional photographs, several signed
Jim Smart\'s Clissold Arms Preservation Society song and video: http://www.youtube.com/watchv=8f1K3zN4zHM
Why Kinks Clissold Arms pages (with links, pictures and archive press articles): http://www.whykinks.net/road/clissold/clissold.htm
Muswell Hill Journal article with Ray and Dave\'s words, 21 March 2007:
NME article, 23 March 2007: http://www.nme.com/news/the-kinks/27269
Rolling Stone article, 23 March 2007:
Independent article, 24 March 2007: http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/music/news/article2387847.ece