The counter-offensive has begun.

Armed with unity and good vibes, scores of Shepherd's Bush residents turned out to try and save Ginglik on Saturday.

As it stands, the seven-year-old cultural centre and club is due to be filled with concrete by H&F Council, which says it cannot justify spending taxpayers' money on refitting the venue.

The ageing underground structure - which was once an Edwardian toilet - is now prone to flooding and the estimated £300,000 to fix it has been shrugged off by the council, in favour of spending an estimated £50,000 to fill it with concrete.

Famous for its determination to nurture quality up-and-coming bands, the line-up at Saturday's protest was yet again a testament to owners Colin Welsh, 30, and Tammi Willis, 31 (pictured).

Despite the empassioned speeches, it was the Shepherd's Bush locals Pirate Casino, headed by James Gadd, who stole the show and drowned the frustration in their body-rocking basslines.

Shepherd's Bush local Nat Mackay: "Trying to close down Ginglik has nothing to do with regenerating the area. H&F are trying to turn us into another Chelsea, Fulham, Kensington - sterilising the area in the name of profits. Shepherd's Bush is a village and we will not lie down and become another sanitised society. Our diversity makes us unique and we cherish that."

And when we asked for a one word or phrase in tribute to ginglik...

Christian Zucconi: "Mother of God."

Nayla Ghantous: "Mwah!"

David Stevo: "Off the chain!"

Ed Frompton: "Stomping ground."

Ginglik is at 1 Shepherd's Bush Green, Shepherd's Bush. Call 020 8749 2310 or see www.ginglik.co.uk to sign the Save Our Ginglik petition.

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