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Last Updated: Monday, 30 April 2007, 08:59 GMT 09:59 UK
Football fans fight to save pub
Wedlock's pub
About 1,000 people have signed a petition to keep Wedlock's as a pub
Plans to replace Bristol's historic Wedlock's pub with 19 flats have met with stiff opposition from the Bristol City Supporters Trust.

Built in 1900, the former Star Inn was renamed Wedlock's after landlord Billy Wedlock, one of the few Bristol City players to represent England.

The pub has served football fans and the community for more than 100 years.

The trust wants the boarded-up building on Ashton Road to be given every chance of reopening to serve the community.

'Much-loved building'

In February, a developer announced plans to demolish the pub to make way for flats.

More than 1,000 people have now signed a petition to keep the pub as a resource for the community.

"Wedlock's is a sound, viable and much-loved building," said Dr Kathryn Ferry, senior architectural adviser of the Victorian Society, a body which aims to protect Victorian buildings.

"It has served its community for well over a century and adds a great deal to the character of the Ashton Road area.

"Local people clearly want the building to stay. We urge the council to listen."

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