I like this version of the savetherotterdam video best... this one is the happy ending version... let's call it the directors cut.
Thank you all so much for standing together!The Rotterdam Bar - Save our culture and heritage!
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This is Jenny performing with fire poi in the beer garden of The now defunct... soon to be demolished (if we all don't get our collective finger out) Rotterdam Bar, Belfast, Ireland... LONG LIVE THE ROTTERDAM BAR! ..
HeroesPEOPLE WHO CAN COMPROMISE AND DEVELOP SENSITIVELY AND SYMPATHETICALLY - I BELIEVE THOSE PEOPLE DO EXIST - AND WHAT A FINE PRECEDENCE THEY WOULD SET! The ORIGNAL Rotterdam Bar (refurbished so that it was fully functioning on all floors) Would prove such an attraction to potential tourist trade and for those who take up residence in the 'adjacent' high rise luxury apartment scheme. A little'GENUINE' piece of Belfast's Sailortown... dwarfed, yet proud in it's own stature and deep local tradition.
I (Ludwig) have ceased to be the booking agent for the Rotterdam Bar. For me, it is time to move on. My work there is finished - I have songs to write, gigs to do, a CD to release and a tour to organise... never mind a holiday for my beleaguered family!
For now, this page will stand as a tribute to the hard work and effort that was poured into the campaign to save The Rotterdam by so many people - and to all those who supported from the depths of cyberspace, around the world and beyond!!
Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments and support
Here's a nice quote...
"This pair of 19th Century bars, in the area known as Sailortown are tangible reminders of the city's maritime heritage and serve as a vital draw for visitors... "...the two pubs were the last of their kind and should be preserved for future generations"
Rita Harkin - Ulster Architectural Heritage Society(Source: Irish News (p.9) Sat May 19th 2007)
We've dispensed with petitions.. (we all know the score now - no need for another head count)
Here is an excerpt from the planning application for the siteSource: http://www.planningni.gov.uk/Devel_Control/council_schedules/newtownabbey/Newtonabbey_A110507.pdf “1024F 54 Pilot Street and No’s 19-22 Princes Dock Street, Belfast Proposed demolition of existing 2no public houses and construction of 59noprivate apartments above 2no replacement public houses with basement carpark. _________________________________________________________
I have recently veiwed these plans and will be doing so in the very near future (an in depth look)... and... while there are still plans pending... they have been objected to on so many fronts by a number of authorities - and notwithstanding the fact that the currently submitted plans represent the wishes of a different owner, (when there was 'investment potential' in a development of the site...) The global economic recession and the general downturn in the housing market has ensured that this 'development potential' no longer exists...
SO EVEN IF THE PLANNING APPLICATION DOES GET THE GO AHEAD - IF ALL THE CRITERIA SET DOWN IN 'ALL' OF THE OBJECTIONS IS INDEED MET - THEN THE MARKET STILL SAYS... 'NO CHANCE OF MAKING ANY MONEY!
So who in their right mind would see fit to knocking down the Rotterdam Bar if it wasn't worth the money? Or if it was worth more than money to keep it open and renovate!
I still believe we need to persuade the right people to realise how important this bar would be as a tourist landmark with all of its maritime history and the very fact that, musically it is the Belfast equivalent of Liverpools Cavern Club... an icon of the city's contemporary music scene for some 27 years.
As i write this... houses (social/mixed housing) are being built in Sailortown/Pilot Street... Yes there are apartments going up (at a notably slower rate than the houses - So that suggests something in itself) Sailortown is going to have a 'community' again - for the first time in over 30 years!!
This is a video from june 2009
More vids and the big documentary on my YouTube channelI am listening for the fat lady but i can't hear her singing just yet!
Myspace.com Blogs - The End of the Line. - Nancy Hartigan MySpace Blog
Thought a few of you should read this 'from the heart' piece!
Who I'd like to meet:Alice Kelly and her girls.
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