Sir Tom Jones has given a major boost to the #SaveTheCoalExchange campaign by tweeting his support to save the Grade II-listed building in Cardiff.
The campaign to save one of Wales’s most iconic buildings, originally used as a market floor for trading coal, began in September and has since been supported by thousands of people.
But the campaign has received a boost by mighty musical legend Sir Tom Jones after he tweeted his support for the campaign on Wednesday, urging for the building to be saved for the sake of future generations.
The support has acted as a lift for those behind the campaign, who tweeted their thanks this morning and said The Voice judge had brightened up their week.
A spokesperson for Save the Coal Exchange said: “We’ve had great awareness from Sir Tom Jones’ tweet.”
The Coal Exchange was closed in 1958 but was reopened as a live music venue in 1988 and hosted bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Manic Street Preachers, Ocean Colour Scene and Stereophonics.
The building is regarded as one of the city’s most significant historical buildings and was the place where the first ever £1 million cheque was signed.
Sir Tom’s support comes just a few days before the Coal Exchange host their clean up weekend to tidy up the building.
Jobs that need doing include cleaning windows, stripping wallpaper, mopping, basic carpentry and moving some furniture.
The volunteers will be having a tea station all day and would welcome donations of cleaning materials for the weekend’s work.
Volunteers are invited to make a hands-on contribution to clean up the Coal Exchange and go along to help out from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday.
If you want to get involved with #SaveTheCoalExchange you can follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/saveourcoalexchange/timeline