SAVING THE TWISTED WHEEL
As a representative of the, Save The Twisted Wheel campaign & the club's current promoter Pete Roberts.
I can now tell you after discussions with the developers, Richard Goodwin their commercial Director.
Richard has kindly agreed to secure the building fabric,fixtures & fittings of the club for the purpose of preservation.
Richard will also assist us
in its removal if only in part, namely, The Stage room and surrounding structure,
if possible so it can be preserved for prosperity.
Richard has giving his verbal undertaking to the whole planning committee of Manchester city council in the public arena an
confirmed by email to all
The purpose of this is so we can approach various local authority body's of Manchester in the aim to have part of the
club kept in the form of a Museum to Blues & Soul.
This would be a tribute to the artists who played at the club, many rising to world recognition, through a time of great change in their own country and in the UK. Also the Soul music that was first played in the club giving rise to The Northern Soul movement.
The Twisted Wheel club in Manchester is known as the birth place of Soul in the UK making this a truly Iconic Club, through out the world.
I'm sure you would all agree, that to lose this piece of musical and cultural history, would be a crying shame if some sort of legacy was not preserved to commemorate the place that gave birth to the Northern Soul movement as it is commonly known today almost 50 years later.
So what must happen next for this to take place.
A plan as to what should happen to the building fabric,fixtures & fittings,
No one can or will make any personal gain by claim to any part of the club or its building fabric,fixtures or fittings.
All decisions will be made without prejudices and for aims set out as a result of the meeting with Livia Ltd the current owner.
All further discussions with any other party must guarantee that all saved building fabric,fixtures & fittings are put to the purpose in which they were meant as stated above.
All that is retained for prosperity, from being practically possible to save, should be on the advice of a Structural Engineer.
This advice would be as a result of an on site meeting prior to demolition of the buildings of 4/6 Whitworth St Manchester.
The removal and transportation would be carried out by the developer,as offered and within the timescale set out to carry out this work.
A program of works would have to be put forward to comply with CDM regulations.
Whatever is to be removed from the site for prosperity,would be documented and have to be safely transported and contained,
until such time a new location has been approved by the trustees of the club.
The developers have given their corporate backing to this proposal and will engage with Manchester city council as an ongoing
part of their development within the city.
On behalf of the save The Twisted Wheel club campaign.
Many thanks to Soul Source and all who have given their support in this matter.
Gerry Stewart aka Irish