South East Wales

Stereophonics rock band asked to help Cwmaman Institute

Cwmaman Institute - photo by Jaggery Image copyright Jaggery/Geograph
Image caption Local miners paid subscriptions to build the Cwmaman Institute in the 1890s

Rock stars Stereophonics have been asked to help save a venue where they played some of their first gigs.

Trustees of the Cwmaman Institute said they had six-figure debts and were struggling to keep the building open.

Opened in 1892 for the local mining community, the building had a £3.8m lottery-funded facelift in 2001 unveiled by the Prince of Wales.

Trust chairman John Oliver said they were warning groups using the venue it faced closure by the end of the year.

"It's been a struggle for a number of years, and we've been running it on a voluntary basis for the main part," he said.

"We hope something will crop up - we've written to Stereophonics but haven't heard back from them yet," Mr Oliver added.

"We'd be pleased if they said they could help us."

Image caption Kelly Jones (centre) and Richard Jones (right) have returned to play in Cwmaman several times

Stereophonics - formed in Cwmaman in the 1990s by Kelly Jones, Richard Jones and the late Stuart Cable - played some of their first gigs at the institute before winning international fame.

In July trustees sold a neighbouring pub - the Shepherd's Arms - to raise funds as part of the effort to save the venue.

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