Song calls for time on takeovers
A HORFIELD songwriter has penned a new protest song highlighting the number of pubs being converted into Tesco supermarkets.
Peter Rayland, who has been performing in pubs around Bristol for more than 40 years, said that the decline in pubs was forcing local musicians out of business too.
The 66-year-old said: "I thought nothing of it when I first heard people moaning, but then I looked around and saw how all the old pubs that we have worked in are disappearing.
"I looked into it and what I found was shocking.
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"With every new supermarket taking over our pubs there's one less venue."
Mr Rayland added: "I first played the new tune at an open mic night recently and it went down well."
The Post reported last month that pub campaign group CAMRA has written to Tesco to demand that the supermarket giant stops converting pubs into stores. The campaign group is also asking Tesco to pull out of potential conversions of the Bristol House in Weston-super-Mare and the Foresters in Westbury-on-Trym.
You can listen to the Mr Rayland's song on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1nT0S172Eo.