I’m currently contributing a series of 60s Pompey venues to the My Area website. Sadly most of them have since disappeared (Birdcage, Savoy, Kimbells, Ricky’s/Marina, Indigo Vat, Soul Parlour etc)
Now another great little Pompey venue is under threat. In recent times the Cellars has presented many interesting and often special acts including 60s favourites like Chris Farlowe, Terry Reid, the Move, Paul Jones and the Zombies. Now I’ve just been among the recipients of the following message from Steve Pitt who runs the Cellars. Help him out!
“It is with deep sadness that I have to inform you that our lovely landlord, Enterprise Inns, Dark Lords of The Sith, have informed me that they’ll be selling The Cellars, most likely for more bl**dy flats, at some point in 2011. We don’t make them enough money. I told them I’m happy to continue to work without making much profit at all, as I have done since the recession began, but that’s not good enough for them. So, this time it’s definitely for real.
I could set up an online petition, but I thought it would be more fun if you, and everyone you know who interacts with our venue, sent an e-mail to Ted Tuppen, the boss of Enterprise Inns, telling him they should continue to support us and allow us to continue to do our job for the local community.
His direct e-mail address is email@example.com PLEASE COPY ME IN (firstname.lastname@example.org) and no swear words please.”