Hundreds sign petition to save Full Monty club in Sheffield from demolition
Hundreds of people have signed a petition to save a former working men’s club where The Full Monty was filmed from being demolished.
Shiregreen Club was where the closing scenes were filmed, in front of real punters, for the movie which became a surprise hit worldwide after being released in 1997.
An application to demolish the building on Shiregreen Lane has been submitted to Sheffield Council by Rotherham-based Eyre Investments, which wants to use the land for a future housing development.
A demolition notice has also appeared on fencing outside the premises, which have been closed since late 2018.
The application has upset some members of the community, who feel the building is part of the city’s cultural heritage, and Sally Dale has launched a petition calling on Sheffield Council to prevent its destruction.
“The owner is willing to open the lounge as a public BUT for the community to take the large room,” states the petition.
“Surely the community want to save this iconic 100-year-old ‘Full Monty’ club.
“Help save this club from being demolished and who knows what being built on the site.”
More than 300 people have signed the petition, with several sharing their fond memories of the club.
Lisa Glew wrote: “Spent many many brilliant years and many good times in this club. It’s a family place in the heart of the community, and it deserves to stay alive!”
Danny Allsebrook commented: “I’ve known this club since I was a young boy. It has many family connections. It deserves to be given back to the local community who used this club seven days a week all year round. The pub wasn't making a loss and should never have been closed.”
The building became a tourist destination following the film’s global success and the facade proudly proclaims it as the ‘home of The Full Monty’.
It has also hosted numerous charity stripping acts over the last two decades.
If approved, work could to clear the land could start on March 1, with completion expected by 1 June.
A decision on the proposals is expected on 20 February.