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Looking for premises again


“Armed with the County Council’s feasibility study we talked to the City Estates Department who maintained the portfolio of properties that the city owned. At the same time that the Lesbian and Gay Community Centre had closed, the Peace Centre was also made homeless, they had been displaced by the Pavilion shopping centre redevelopment and they were looking for a new location for their bookshop. By coincidence there was a large overlap of the management committees of the two organisations, so negotiations with the Peace Centre resulted in the proposition that we would take over premises jointly, that they would run the bookshop and coffee bar during the week and get the profits, and at night and weekends, we’d run it as a gay centre and get the proceeds”.

Contributed by: Lyn David Thomas, 47

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