St Luke's Church has raised over £20,000 to help running costs

Sir Paul McCartney has offered his support to save an arts venue in his hometown of Liverpool.

Representatives from St Luke’s Church – better known as “The Bombed-Out Church” – have raised over £20,000 to help running costs of the iconic Leece Street haunt. Now, the former Beatle himself has spoken about the importance of the venue to the city’s community.

Writing on his official website, McCartney said: “The people of Liverpool should do everything possible to keep this venue open for the use of the people and run by the people. It is a place that is regularly staffed by students from LIPA and every-day people of all ages, religions and backgrounds. It would be a terrible shame if we lost this cultural icon.” The singer joins the likes of Yoko Ono in lending support to the cause.

The church itself was built in 1832 and has served as a concert hall before and since the 1941 Liverpool Blitz, which left the venue as a roofless shell. St Luke’s curator Ambrose Reynolds said it “means the world for us to have the support of this international legend”.

“The tremendous support we have received from the public means that we can continue to open the city centre ruined church for music, theatre, art exhibitions and outdoor movie screenings.”

McCartney released his latest album New in October 2013.