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Campaigners bid to save historic black history mural

A march is being held in Reading this evening in protest against the council's plan to sell the Central Club on the open market.

Campaigners fear whoever buys the London Street building will demolish its iconic black history mural - but the council says any bid for the site must include a preservation plan.

A petition, signed by almost four thousand people, will be handed in to the council following the march.

Community campaigns to stop sale of iconic club

The iconic mural at the Central Club Credit: ITV Meridian

Community groups in Reading have expressed their disappointment at plans by the council to put the iconic Central Club up for sale.

The building in London Street, which is well known for its Black History mural, has been empty for more than a decade and needs hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on repairs.

The council says it needs to get the best value for it but voluntary organisations argue they should be given the chance to take it on.

As Mel Bloor reports.

Mel spoke to Mary Genis from CultureMix Arts & Music and Cllr Rob White from Reading Borough Council, Green.