Campaigners in Manchester have launched a campaign to save the famed Jolly Angler.

The traditional pub on Ducie Street announced last week it would be shutting after Christmas.

It follows the sale of the building by brewery Hyde’s, which declined to comment on plans for the site.

Now Central Manchester branch has  launched a petition calling for the pub to be preserved as part of any development that may take place in the area.

“We would like to stop the shutters coming down altogether and save this wonderful, vibrant back street boozer,” said a branch spokesman.

“This is a popular unique pub, the last of its type in the centre and frequented by locals, CAMRA members, business people, boaters, travellers through Piccadilly Station, political figures, musicians, actors, television and cinema stars.

“The Jolly is a great friendly pub that it is worth fighting for. This is not the first time the Jolly has been threatened. In the late 1990s  locals stood their ground with a great campaign and won.

“The brewery say they have sold the building but we believe no planning application has been submitted to the city council for demolition or change of use.

“If and when plans are submitted we believe it would be reasonably easy and the correct thing to do to accommodate the retention of this pub into any new development.”

Built in 1854 on land previously occupied by the Good Samaritan Temperance Hall the pub is now a rare small street corner local.

A back corner bar serves two distinct drinking areas that used to be separate rooms. The pub has been run by the Reynolds family for more than 34 years. It is famed for its impromptu traditional folk and Irish music nights.

Landlord Ray Reynolds said he and regulars were gutted by the closure but grateful to have a few more months before the shutters come down.

“We would like to stop the shutters coming down altogether and save this wonderful, vibrant back street boozer.”

To sign the petition  http://chng.it/7CYqZBptbL

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