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SALFORD KINGS ARMS PUB TAKEN OVER BY PAUL HEATON
 

Star date: 1st December 2011

KINGS ARMS GOES TO HULL

Paul Heaton – one time Housemartin and Beautiful South stalwart – has taken over the King's Arms pub with his partner Zena.

The popular bar with the theatre venue upstairs already has a top reputation. Now Heaton's aiming for a radio station in there – but as he tells Miranda Hogan, the re-launch starts with a Christmas Fair on December 18th.

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Former Beautiful South frontman Paul Heaton is bringing his one man crusade to save the traditional pub to Salford this winter, as he takes over The King's Arms on Bloom Street.

Heaton was recording in the unique studio above the popular bar when he heard that it was on the market. His support for the traditional British pub has been well documented and he first began to notice how many old pubs were being closed as he cycled along the well-trodden paths of his youth. Just last year, Heaton cycled 900 miles on his Pedals and Bike Pumps Tour  – riding to fifteen pubs across the country, performing intimate gigs to highlight 'the plight of the pub'. So for him and his partner, Zena, taking ownership of The King's Arms is a positive and practical step forward for their cause.

Speaking of his plans for the pub, Heaton emphasises how he plans to keep The Kings Arm's traditional, staying loyal to its foundations. There will, however, be some positive changes – he has plans to find a small community radio station to take residence in the studio above the bar.  

"I love the Salford culture, it very much reminds me of my hometown, Hull" he explains "It's an underdog town with lots of potential. We want the pub to be busy, bringing locals together. We would love to get a local radio station – sort of community radio, broadcasting from the studio upstairs."

He compares the nervous excitement he is feeling ahead of the opening, with his old feelings of making an album.

"With an album, it's like a baby" he says "You are there from the start, you create it, and you nurture it and help it to grow. But with the pub, it's like a fully grown child – our adoptive child. There is already a past there and we need to be mindful of that."

Heaton is also planning another pub tour, set to begin in May next year. This time he will by cycling 2500 miles across England, Scotland and Wales... "It will be a bigger tour this time, and hopefully better!" he decides.
 
Heaton and Zena are celebrating their takeover of The King's Arms with a day of festive cheer on December 18th, with stalls selling a cool selection of unique items. This won't be your average bric-a-brac affair - vintage clothing, quirky soft furnishings and original paintings by local artists are just a few of the items which will be on sale.

The mulled wine will be flowing, and the kitchen will be re-opened for the first time in over a year. As well as the customary festive nibbles, the brand new menu will be available - boasting a selection of traditional hearty home cooked meals. There will also be live music, carols and entertainment throughout the afternoon. 

"There will be bands, carols, and a few different people adding to the afternoon's entertainment" says Zena "It's our first big day in the pub before Christmas so we might even get a song out of Paul…"

Christmas Fair at King's Arms
Sunday 18th December
12pm – 4pm


Words by Miranda Hogan

Kath wrote
at 2:54:48 PM on Thursday, April 2, 2015
Hiya everyone when Jo nd John had the Kings it was rocking the Salford rose the Gina g string the jimmy livia jeals ken jimmy x old Jim big big x old Dave could they made the Kings
 
Adie wrote
at 2:32:39 AM on Saturday, June 21, 2014
Some friends and myself had the unfortunate experience of calling into the Kings Arms last week. The place is in a dreadful state . Limited beers range , no decent food , filthy toilets ,filthy carpets , and no customers . Why has the place been run down like this ?
 
Carol wrote
at 2:10:05 PM on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I love all your music, however, I would like you to know that Salford is a CITY not a town.
 
Ian OBrien wrote
at 3:12:41 AM on Monday, December 5, 2011
Heaton is a rare talent and, it seems, a rare breed. I will hope to be there on the 18th and shake the mans hand. Brilliant.
 
caroline wrote
at 8:50:33 AM on Friday, December 2, 2011
best wishs,,sounds great..hope to get there on the 18 th
 
JAMES HERRING wrote
at 3:18:15 PM on Thursday, December 1, 2011
I agree, ALL great and PROPER :)
 
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side wrote
at 5:08:26 AM on Thursday, December 1, 2011
Great bloke, great pub, great city... formula for a potential kickstarting of a great Salford pub scene.... But more importantly fantastic article.. well done Salford Star, well done Miranda xx
 
Ann Sheerin wrote
at 3:23:41 AM on Thursday, December 1, 2011
Loved Paul Heaton when he was in the Housemartins and Beautiful South and love what he is doing for Salford. I wish him loads of luck with this new venture xx
 
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