Show captures ‘lost pubs of Liverpool’

A photographic exhibition looking at the demise of pubs across the city opens on Wednesday at Milk and Sugar on Wood Street.

Photographer Kevin Casey documented closed and abandoned pubs throughout Liverpool from 2007 to 2010.

Recent years have seen thousands of pubs close nationwide due to the combination of the smoking ban, cheap supermarket alcohol, the recession and the attractions of home entertainment.

The exhibition is supported by a book of 80 images capturing empty pub buildings at the point, Casey says, just before most of them will be gone forever through demolition.

Closing Time: The Lost Pubs of Liverpool' runs from Wednesday 12 January – Thursday 10 February at Milk and Sugar, The Tea Factory, 82 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ. The exhibition is free to visit and Milk and Sugar is open Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm. The book 'Closing Time: The Lost Pubs of Liverpool' by Kevin Casey is published by The Bluecoat Press and is priced at £8.99.

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This will be a really interesting read. There are only a few of the best ‘character’ pubs left, particularly in the city centre.

By Jason