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Petition launched to save Ipswich's Pump and Grind

PUBLISHED: 18:46 15 December 2016 | UPDATED: 18:46 15 December 2016

Pump & Grind, at the corner of Northgate Street and Great Colman Street in Ipswich, which closed in December.

Pump & Grind, at the corner of Northgate Street and Great Colman Street in Ipswich, which closed in December.

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More than 500 people have signed a petition against the closure of an Ipswich pub.

Tom Kerridge at Pump and Grind in Ipswich.Tom Kerridge at Pump and Grind in Ipswich.

It was announced yesterday that Pump and Grind in Great Coleman Street is facing eviction on Sunday as a result of a contractual dispute with the landlord.

Just a few hours after the news broke, an online petition named “Save Pump & Grind” was launched by Suffolk Young Labour Party.

Business owner Tom Kerridge said: “The support and comments we have had have been overwhelming and moving, we have such an amazing bunch of regulars who support our events.”

Landlord Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) sent Mr Kerridge a letter last Friday ordering him to sign a lease agreement or be out of the venue within 10 days.

Mr Kerridge has to date refused to put his name to a contract because he claims it has not honoured the deal that was agreed when he moved it - that is, that M&B will pay for repairs to the leaking roof.

M&B has now offered Mr Kerridge a rent-free period of two weeks in exchange for him organising the work himself.

However, Mr Kerridge has claimed this will not cover the cost of the repairs.

A spokeswoman for M&B said: “The cost review of the works was completed sometime ago and agreed with Mr Kerridge. The rent-free period is equivalent of those costs.”

Negotiations are ongoing between the two sides.

Pump and Grind is open as normal until this Sunday at 5pm.

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