Cavern Club hailed a ‘national treasure’ amid fears it could shut

Cavern Club hailed a 'national treasure' amid fears it could shut

Fans of the Cavern Club are horrified at the idea of the famous music venue closing after warnings it faced a fight for its future.

The iconic Mathew Street club is struggling financially after reportedly losing £30,000 a week during the coronavirus pandemic.

Without help from the government, the club where The Beatles and countless others have played could be shut down for good.

And fans are devastated at the prospect.

Taking to social media in reaction to the news, many commented how this “can’t happen”, describing the club as “part of Liverpool’s culture” and a “national treasure.”

On Facebook, Gillian Highfield said: “I’m not a Liverpudlian, but this club is an icon.

“It can’t close, isn’t there anything that can be done?”

A number of others also commented on how important the Cavern is for Liverpool’s tourism industry.

Dave Hughes said: “The Cavern brings in visitors from all over the world every week.

“If we lose this, we lose them.

“All the shops and hotels that just rely on the cavern alone. We just can’t let it happen.”

Karen Keatley Quayle also said: “No way, how could this close?

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“All the tourists that come to Liverpool for the Beatles.”

Kathleen O’Connor said: “No way, it is a major tourism place.

“Went there myself and had a brilliant evening. Cannot lose Liverpool culture.”

Sue Bellinger added: “The amount of tourism The Beatles brings into our city there is no way that The Cavern Club should be forced to close.

“It’s one of Liverpool’s national treasures.”

The world-famous Cavern Club

Bill Heckle, one of the directors of the club and Cavern City Tours, said the pandemic has been the most challenging time of his life.

He said: “We made a decision a few years ago to keep as much money in the bank as possible for a rainy day, not realising it was going to be a thunderstorm.

“So, we were sitting on £1.4 million in the bank that has now been halved.

“We went five months before unfortunately we had to make about 20 people redundant.

“We think we might have to make another 20 redundant in the next few weeks, so it’s heart-breaking you know these people are part of this team and this global family.”

Bill said the club’s future now rests on a bid to the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

He added: “If the government grants allow us to open at 30% then we still lose money.

“I don’t want them to pay our profits,

“I wouldn’t expect them to pay our profits, but at least make sure we don’t lose money, because it’s costing us £30,000 a week at the moment to be closed.

“That’s a lot of money.”

Liverpool Echo – Liverpool News