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SALFORD BLACK LION PUB ROBBED BUT UNDEFEATED
 

Star date: 11th August 2012

THE BLACK LION VOWS TO RE-BUILD

A couple of nights ago The Black Lion pub, community arts venue and cinema, was broken into with over £1000 worth of booze nicked, plus charity collection tins and money collected for local artists who sell their work at the pub.

Future Artists, who run the Black Lion on Chapel Street, are asking for Salford's community to  support the re-building by popping down for a pint and boosting staff morale, and there's also a top live comedy sketch show on tonight - Davies and Jowett's Comedy Jumble Sale.

Full details here…


John Cooper Clarke at The Black Lion Salford Davies and Jowlett's Comedy Jumble Sale at The Black Lion Salford
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On the same night that the Black Lion screened the Oscar winning film Undefeated, the pub was broken into and over £1000 worth of spirits were nicked, plus Help For Heroes charity tins and money from the sales of local artists' work. 

With an excess of £1000, it's not worth the Black Lion claiming the insurance, so Future Artists, who run the ground breaking pub and arts venue, are hoping Salford's community will rally round and pop in for a pint to help re-build the business and boost staff morale.

"It's just a real shame, we've been building The Black Lion to be a unique place for art, theatre, film and music that's made by people who can't get into big famous venues, and we've always been about being an open place" says Future Artists' Mark Ashmore.

"It's made us angry, if anything" he adds "It feels like we've been taken advantage of. Right now it's difficult for pretty much everyone to just get by in the first place -  especially as a new business that's barely been open a year. But it was what they stole which made it so much more enraging. They stole booze, but they also stole money we'd been collecting for artists who put their paintings in the pub. Worse, they stole the Help For Heroes charity boxes from the bar.

"It's always a shame when any pub gets broken into. It's never fair and it means an independent business and worse, that the community around it has been hit. That's definitely the case for us."

For The Black Lion, the show goes on tonight with Davies and Jowett's Comedy Jumble Sale, live stand up and sketches from the award winning company, Blackhand Productions which recently staged the sell out show Slaughter House. It's only £6 and there's an `after show party' with an open mic.

Meanwhile, there's lots of ways to help The Black Lion get back on its paws – everything from buying a bottle of spirits for them to making a replacement donation to Help For Heroes – click here for details.

But the main way anyone can help is by going down to The Black Lion, buying a few drinks, taking in a show or a film and chilling out…

The Black Lion
Chapel Street, Salford M35BZ

Davies and Jowett's Comedy Jumble Sale tonight 11th August 8pm £6

For more details of the event and The Black Lion - click here

m irlam wrote
at 11:48:14 on 14 August 2012
Last year we had contributors backing the poor little cherubs rioting in Salford. Can someone tell me what’s the difference this time? Just to be clear, they are all scum – no excuses!!!
 
blueliam wrote
at 09:13:48 on 12 August 2012
Same as ever- the lower case scum ruin a great thing. I am in vietnam at the mo- but told the missus to pop round for a couple with a sunday lunch. Dont let this robbery get you down guys, your doing a great job, long live the lion.
 
Tim Ascough wrote
at 22:50:37 on 11 August 2012
To Whom it may concern, Firstly, may i express my genuinely felt sorrow for what you are having to deal with right now as you clean up both your venue and your soul following the robbery which recently took place there. The act of robbery is an unacceptable and gross violation of personal space, and in my view should be looked upon, and treated legally, in a similar category to rape. May you all heal in time and look after each other. I have recently been in contact with Mark Ashmore concerning the gathering of information about the Black Lion from days gone by. My dad, who recently passed away was a popular figure at the Black Lion in the early to mid sixties as he was a member of one of the top 'Trad Jazz' bands in the area known as 'The Zenith Six' who, i am led to believe, held a residency there for a fair while. I am currently in South Africa and will be travelling for an indefinite amount of time after leaving my current location, which sadly means that i can't just 'pop in' and drop some of my hard-earned behind the bar, which is a shame, and as i am travelling i am living on about as shoe-string a budget as one might get away with before it may reasonably be described a slip-on!! With this in mind,i ask that whatever help i am able to give Mark, and whoever i am able to get him in touch with, concerning the collating of information to create a cohesive piece of work, outlining the sterling history of this unique nothern institution, be accepted in lieu of financial assistance on my part... ...cos frankly, well i'm skint!! Good luck and warm everything else. Kindest regards Tim Ascough
 
C. Hainsaw wrote
at 22:49:40 on 11 August 2012
Such a shame . If I catch the thieving scum , I'll nail then to a tree , and chainsaw their thieving-scum hands off . I'll sink a few in there later , in full support of a very fine pub.
 
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