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All My Loving: Paul McCartney gives thumbs up to St Luke's campaign

Bombed-out church should be kept open 'for the use of the people and run by the people'

Written by . Published on October 5th 2014.

All My Loving: Paul McCartney gives thumbs up to St Luke's campaign

A CAMPAIGN to keep St Luke's church in use as a cultural venue for the Liverpool community has received Beatle backing.

Sir Paul McCartney today joined John Lennnon's widow, Yoko Ono, in calling for the bombed out church, on Leece Street, to remain open "for the use of the people and run by the people" and praised the work carried out there.

A huge question mark has hung over the future of the church since March this year when Mayor Joe Anderson announced his intention to sell it for £1 and invited expressions of interest from bidders.

Developer Lawrence Kenwright, who owns the Signature Living apartments and the newly-opened 30 James Street hotel in the former White Star builidng, quickly stepped in with a plans to turn the church, which was bombed by the Luftwaffe in World War II, into a wedding hotel and venue.

The move caused a public outcry and was then dropped. Mayor Anderson later performed a U-turn, announcing that the church would, in fact, remain in council ownership. Nevertheless, its fate, who will be its long term caretaker and what it will be used for are far from sealed. An estimated £450,000 is needed to shore up the weather-weakened interior. Mayor Anderson has committed £150,000 towards those costs.

Ambrose Reynolds, who has been caretaking and programming arts and communtiy activities in the church for the past seven years, has, with a group of volunteers, raised £20,000 via Crowdfunder, to help with the costs of keeping it tick over as is.

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He says dance music promoters Club Freeze were so impressed with the venue, after a recent event there, that they contacted McCartney to let him know what is going on in his home town.

Today the former Beatle posted this statement on his website:  "St Luke’s church, better known as The Bombed-out church to the people of Liverpool, is a place that encourages people to express themselves.

"The people of Liverpool should do everything possible to keep this venue open for the use of the people and run by the people.

"It is a place that is regularly staffed by students from LIPA and everyday people of all ages, religions and backgrounds. It would be a terrible shame if we lost this cultural icon"

Reynolds said he was thrilled his campaign had received the songwriter"s endorsement.

 “It means the world for us to have the support of this international legend the tremendous support we have received from the public means that we can continue to open the church for music, theatre, art exhibitions and outdoor movie screenings.”

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18 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Catherine HawkesOctober 5th 2014.

Well done Ambrose! x

AnonymousOctober 5th 2014.

Money, that's all we need.... didn't somebody famous write that about the best things in life?

Reader XxxOctober 6th 2014.

Well done Ambrose, and well done Paul. This campaign looks as if it's got legs.

AnonymousOctober 6th 2014.

Paul McCartney could chuck a couple of million at the Bombed out church - problem solved, but I bet the tight fisted bastard won't put his hand in his pocket.

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AnonymousOctober 6th 2014.

Yes, he could also buy the Sefton Park meadows, keep all the libraries open, save Woolton Baths, find homes for all the kittens, pay for our kitchen to be redecorated and buy me some new kecks. But I bet he won't....the tight get!

Big JuddaOctober 7th 2014.

What a statement to make in your ignorance, you don't know what McCartney contributes to yet you state that he is a tight .....Oh I feel so sorry for you Of course you,ve made a contribution Thanks for that because every little helps.

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AnonymousOctober 7th 2014.

irony alert switched off? Buy me kecks was a clue!

AnonymousOctober 7th 2014.

He's good for putting his thumbs in the air, but sod all else. He could do a charity single, but I hope not. He does have enough money to make a real difference, but sadly he'll just sit in his castle counting his money and stroking his own ego.

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AnonymousOctober 7th 2014.

I think that's rather unfair.

AnonymousOctober 7th 2014.


AnonymousOctober 7th 2014.

Money can't buy you love

AnonymousOctober 8th 2014.

No, but it could buy the Bombed out church.

Penny LaneOctober 8th 2014.

Why on earth would Paul McCartney want to buy a ruined church full of hippies? Are you one of these people who go around saying "The Beatles don't give a monkeys about Liverpool since they got discovered and went to that London."?

AnonymousOctober 8th 2014.

"A ruined church full of hippies" That sounds like the Beatles fan club to me. I am not one of those who hate the Beatles, but for once Paul McCartney could put his money where his mouth is. It's his choice what he does with his money, but why wade into campaigns and do nothing? It wouldn't have anything to do with all the free publicity he'll get now would it? Is the Greatest Hits package coming out in time for Christmas by any chance?

AnonymousOctober 8th 2014.

What stupid puerile nonsense is that?

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

What stupid puerile nonsense is that? Sgt. Pepper?

AnonymousOctober 24th 2014.

consequenceofsound.net/…/… You got to admire the man's altruism

Absinthe & TurksOctober 25th 2014.

Paul McCartney ought to buy the troubled poor of Liverpool one hundred top hats like he did for Cowsick.

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