An historic music venue has closed its doors and is now under threat of demolition in order to build yet another block of expensive flats. Why Because the powers that be have made the decision that the community will benefit from this. The local community will not be able to afford such accommodation. The only interest is the thought of making money from the sale of the land.
The Winter Gardens in Cleethorpes was not only a live music venue of good standing for many years but was also a way of life for many people, local and otherwise. It has played host to numerous live music shows and some excellent bands have used its stage throughout its years, Queen, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, and more recently Ginger, Hanoi Rocks and the Buzzcocks). It has been a mainstay for many punk events. Other events include afternoon tea dances, ballroom dancing, (it has an excellent dance floor in the main ballroom), festivals of all descriptions, weddings, and of course the infamous Wednesday Melody Night.
Yes we all agree that it was looking tired and was showing its age more than a little, however, it was, and still could be, a great venue for all manner of events.
With tender loving care the Winter Gardens could be returned to its former glory and give the community something to cherish for many generations to come.
The area is lacking in mid to large size venues that can cater to such a wide audience as the Winter Gardens could. From rock shows to corporate events, from record fairs to tea dances, from punk shows to ballroom dancing. The Winter Gardens was more than capable of hosting all of these and so much more. Every age group from every walk of life has, at some time or another, been welcomed into the Gardens for a night they will always remember.
Lets join together in one last stand to save the heritage of Cleethorpes. There are more than enough luxury apartments in the town. The people that reside there need somewhere to go.
This petition will be forwarded to the relevant parties in order to look at registering the property as a listed building and to seek the financing required to keep these doors open to every single part of the community it has served so well.
Dragon Eye Promotions, along with many local musicians, bands and the general public.
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