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Artists come out in force to help launch 'Save Our Pubs!'

The likes of Paul Weller (pictured), Suggs and Super Furry AnimalsGruff Rhys have joined a new campaign hoping to to save the traditional British pub.

Save Our Pubs! is organised by the authors of new book ‘The Rough Pub Guide; A Celebration Of The Great British Boozer’, NME writer Paul Moody and Heavenly RecordsRob Turner.

“Local pubs are closing at the rate of 57 a month,” they explained after visiting pubs where the likes of Joy Division and The Rolling Stones formed for their book. “Classic interiors are being torn down and local communities denied a focal point, to make way for flats and gastro-refits overseen by the disciples of General Gastro (Gordon Ramsay). It’s nothing short of cultural vandalism. I mean, how many bands formed in Starbucks?”

The campaign has also drawn support from actor Rhys Ifans and Fatboy Slim‘s wife Zoe Ball.

To support ‘Save Our Pubs!’, go to Roughpubguide.co.uk.