GOODBYE TO THE RAILWAY INSTITUTE, OUR VENUE OF THE PAST FIVE YEARS

SAD NEWS - LOSING THE RAILWAY INSTITUTE, OUR VENUE OF THE PAST FIVE YEARS


It looks very much as if Bangor Ceilidh Club will be losing our beloved venue, the Railway Institute.
Good old Watkin Jones – you remember Watkin Jones, whose tasteful and sympathetic Doc Fictoria development very nearly lost Caernarfon world heritage status and who generously retreated from concreting over Hirael Bay to just replacing nice old Dickies boatyard with executive “Little boxes made of ticky-tacky”*, and the perpetrators of innumerable other crimes against taste – good old Watkin Jones have the Railway Institute in their sights.


Despite it being a listed building of real character and architectural merit, I’m sure the supine planning department will not allow sentiment to stand in the way of Watkin Jones’s ambitions. Having attended a planning committee meeting last year, I was astonished to see permission granted for a pumped storage development by a committee of whom more than half did not understand the difference between electrical storage and electrical generation, a fundamental concept to grasp if a decision which could in any way be regarded as informed was to be made. It kind of shook my faith in democracy, to tell you the truth. It also leads me to expect little in the way of reasoned opposition from this quarter.


So, from the summer we’ll be looking for a new venue. Any suggestions gratefully received in the meantime. When we find somewhere, you’ll hear about it here.

 

 

*Obscure folk song reference. We’re a folk band, we’re allowed to do this…
 

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