Musicians rally round to save bar from closure

By Matthew McKew

Friday, January 10, 2014

 

Musicians rally round to save bar from closure

Jules playing a benefit gig for the Marine Bar, Ryde. Picture by Laura Holme.

STORMY weather and poor takings have left a bar in Ryde facing a fight for survival.

But musicians have stepped in to help the scooter-themed Marine Bar in Ryde Esplanade.

Owner Hannah Nash said: "The whole of our cellar was flooded on Christmas Eve and the fire service had to pump the water out from next door.

"We lost all of our power and some of our stock. Thankfully, some of the other businesses in the area offered to take our food and put it in their freezers."

The roof of the pub has needed renovating for some time and the bad weather has left Hannah and her family without the use of ceiling lights upstairs, because of water leaking through the roof.

She said: "We have 16 rooms and they all need redecorating. But I can’t do that until the roof is fixed. We are having to use torches and table lamps."

The family-run Marine Bar suffered from a poor summer in 2012 and a bad start to this winter. In November, the boiler system had to be replaced, causing considerable outlay.

Hannah said: "I live here with my parents, my boyfriend and my brother, and we all work together. This is not just a pub but our family home. We need about £8,000 to save it."

Local band members and DJs have rallied to the cause and held eight benefit gigs, with more planned.

Local bands The Dead Perrys duo, Grade 2 and Reg Against the Machine will play tonight (Friday) and Cobra and Crisis will perform tomorrow (Saturday).

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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