A CAMPAIGN to save a ruined church in Liverpool - a roofless
shell since it was bombed in the Second World War - has attracted
thousands of supporters, including Yoko Ono, widow of John
The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, initially said that the
city council, which owns the church, is considering selling it
because it can no longer afford the maintenance costs. On his
Twitter account later, however, he said that St Luke's was not for
sale, but that the council needed to explore options for its
St Luke's was struck by a bomb during the Liverpool Blitz on 6
May 1941, causing a blaze that destroyed the interior and the roof.
It has remained a shell ever since, and stands as a memorial to
those who were lost in the war, as well as a venue for exhibitions
St Luke's - which is now known to most in the city as the
"bombed-out church" - is opened up each day for events by its
artists-in-residence, Urban Strawberry Lunch, who are running a
campaign to save the church from being sold.
A petition had attracted nearly 25,000 signatures by Wednesday
Mr Anderson later released a statement clarifying the council's
position. He wrote: "St Luke's Church is an iconic symbol to the
City of Liverpool. . . I am in no way looking to jeopardise the
legacy or status of the building and everything it represents. . .
The fact of the matter is, the maintenance of the building and
gardens generally costs the council a lot of money but if there was
a proposal that protected the integrity and status of the building,
it is right we should look at it."
Urban Strawberry Lunch also issued a statement, which said: "We
have been assured by the mayor's office that we can have first
option on the purchase of St Luke's so we can continue to open it
to the public as a space of the people, by the people and for the
people of Liverpool and its visitors."