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Blackburn Venue Campaign Recieves Backing of Heavy Metal Royalty

A grass-roots campaign to revive one of Blackburn’s most-loved music venues has recently received a welcome boost of star power. Rob Halford, lead singer of the legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest, has recorded a message of support to a group of music fans who want to reopen the Sir Charles Napier pub, on Limbrick, in the town centre, as a community facility.

In the video, Halford talks of the history of the Napier, and how beneficial such venues are to the community at large. Judas Priest formed in 1970, and have gone on to sell more than 45 million albums worldwide.

Adam Dore, Save the Napier’s new chief of marketing, media and PR, said: “Rob has taken a break from their world tour promoting their latest album to record a short video urging others to do the same on the campaign Facebook page. He knows how important places like this are, not only to the music community, but to the wider community in general.”

Alex Martindale, a spokesperson for the Save the Napier campaign, added: ‘It’s incredible to have the support of such a massive personality. We hope that this will encourage other figures from the scene to come forward and help to spread the word for us. The campaign is building momentum daily, with more and more people visiting the Facebook and Twitter pages, and purchasing the limited edition T-shirts. The funds generated from which the group will be put towards the legal costs involved in the campaign.”

The official Facebook page for the campaign can be found here.

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