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Sub Rooms protest planned to support Stroud venue

AN event is planned to celebrate Stroud’s Subscription Rooms on Saturday, just as its future is under review.

The future of the Sub Rooms is under review, with Stroud District Council currently considering three options, continuing to be run by the council, allowing a community organisation to run the venue, or selling the music and arts venue in the centre of town.

Now campaign group Support our Subs has invited people to join together on Saturday from 10.30am to 12 noon.

Everyone is welcome at this important event for a celebration in live music, theatre, poetry and dance of all that we love about the Sub Rooms , say the group.

There will be special performances from Adam Horovitz, Boss Morris, Crispin Thomas and Jeff The Fuse (Out To Lunch), Elvis McGonnigal, Jonny Fluffypunk, Spaniel In The Works and the Scratch Ceilidh Band plus many more to be confirmed.

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“Come and see and be a part of Stroud doing what it does best.

“At 12 noon everyone present will be encouraged to put their arms around the Subs, to form a circle of support round the building,” said Crispin Thomas of the group.

“Be there to help keep Stroud’s Subscription Rooms as a vibrant, publicly-owned community venue, and to work with the community to secure its future.“

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There will also be an opportunity to find our more about SDC’s consultation process and the Sub Room’s future.

Stroud poet Crispin Thomas, one of the many performers on the day and part of Support Our Subs said: “The Subs is a very special venue to me. Aside from all the genres within the arts that venue embraces, there really isn’t anywhere quite like it on the touring music circuit.

“For twenty nine years, since 1988 I have put on countless gigs there every year.

“Back in those days, way before the lift was installed and black drapes added and the sprung wooden dance floor improved, we’d carry heavy PAs and lights up and down the huge old back stairs and do all the sweeping up before we left.

“So much has been improved and changed since those days. I, along with many others who promote and perform their work here , just want to be able to continue attracting and bringing more delights and surprises for the people of Stroud.”

The district council has been asked to comment.

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