Newcastle’s much loved rock venue Trillians closed on Friday night after its parent company entered into administration.
It could be a one off and with the ever fluctuating UK gig scene with venues opening and shutting everywhere it could be a sign of the times.
This time people power has stepped in and less than 72 hours more than 12,000 people backed a Save Trillians Facebook page – with hopes now high that investors can be found to take it on and reopen the venue.
“Nobody really thought that support would grow to this extent quite this quickly,” said Yvonne Rutherford, one of the Facebook page’s administrators.
“We’ve had to bring on extra help just to deal with the volume of emails we’ve received.
“To us Trillians is not just a pub, it’s about a lifestyle and culture – it’s the last place of its kind in Newcastle, there’s nothing quite like it and people are quite upset at the prospect of losing it.”
According to the Newcastle Chronicle a spokesman for restructuring specialists Zolfo Cooper said he was unable to confirm anything other than that the Bramwell Pub Company was in administration, and that 25 as yet unidentified pubs from the firm’s 185 strong estate are to be sold in the near future.
As well as Trillians and the Pow Burn in North Shields Bramwell Pub Company owns ten other hostelties in the region – the Bridle Path in Whickham, the Blagdon Arms in Cramlington, the Grey Horse in East Boldon, Whitehills and the Red Lion in Chester-le-Street, Chesters, Chaplins, Varsity and the Blue Bell in Sunderland, and Varsity in Durham which remain open.