Manchester's Lass O'Gowrie as it appeared in Scream of the Shalka

Lass O’Gowrie Doctor Who & Arts Pub Venue To Close

It’s completely accurate to say that we report this with a heavy heart and a tearful eye. Manchester’s superb and award-winning pub the Lass O’Gowrie is closing this weekend.

Home to countless Doctor Who events over the years – as well as a monthly meetup for fan – The Lass is jointly a victim of the closure of the old Oxford Road studios of BBC Manchester and a brewery that seems completely unaware of the wider implications of its decision (the reaction to the new on Twitter today has caused an avalanche of tweets and retweets).

Now, let’s be honest a moment: we’re big fans of Lass chieftan Gareth Kavanagh, his Vworp events and the Vworp Vworp! magazines he produces with Colin Brockhurst. Gareth has appeared on the podKast several times, helped with the formative development of Kasterborous Magazine and contributed several articles and interviews to this very site.

On a personal note, I’d call him a top bloke and a friend.

So we report this with both disappointment and bias. In fact, it might be better if you get your facts from The Publican’s Morning Advertiser, with whom Gareth recently spoke, and find out just why Greene King brewery is hardly covering itself in glory by ending relations with the Great British Pub Award 2012 Pub of the Year winner.

It’s a sad time for Doctor Who and arts fans in Manchester, as The Lass has been home to many productions over the years, and even by chance appeared in The Scream of the Shalka!

We’re assured, however, that Gareth will continue to produce events and plays. So if you want more like Midnight, Robots of Death or An Unearthly Child live on stage, all is not lost…


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