The Flying Pig in Cambridge, a pub and music venue that has championed grassroots artistry for decades, has lost its battle to stay open and will subsequently be demolished.
Managers Matt and Justine Hatfield, who have lived above the pub for the last 24 years, have been passionately fighting redevelopment plans for the better part of a decade with numerous fundraising efforts.
Now though, the battle over, and the managers have been given six months to vacate the property before it will be demolished.
The Flying Pig will forever hold an iconic legacy in the world of rock music for its affiliation with pioneers Pink Floyd. Originally named The Crown in the late 1950s, the pub was frequently frequented by Syd Barrett who, as rumour suggests, first met his future bandmate David Gilmour at the bar.
“We are deeply saddened to have to announce that, despite the public outcry and overwhelming love and support for our gorgeous grassroots music venue and real ale pub, the developer (our landlord) has issued us with 6 months notice to vacate our home and the business premises that is the Flying Pig in October 2021,” the pub owners confirmed in a statement issued to social media.
“This cuts our lease short, which would have run to an end in June 2022. Having battled through the Covid pandemic with help from a generous crowdfunder donation and a Cultural Recovery grant from the Arts Council, we were just getting back on our feet, and business was looking healthy with our music back in the garden. We have managed to host 100 garden sessions, keeping our local musicians working and our community happily soaking up the socially distanced good times.
“We can’t regret a moment of the last 24 years, and as soon as we know what the future holds for us, we will let you know. So much love for all the support over the last 10 years of uncertainty – you have kept us laughing and the beer flowing. We shall enjoy the few months we have left with the same high spirits.
“Sorry we couldn’t keep the Pig flying.”
See the full statement, below.