Paul Weller, Gruff Rhys and Suggs campaign to save British pubs

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