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News article created on 5 August 2015

Fiddle and Bone wins national award

The project to refurbish the Fiddle & Bone pub, one of Birmingham’s most iconic canal side venues, has come first in a national waterway award.

The Waterways Alive Awards celebrate the work by employees and volunteers at the Canal & River Trust.

The winning team, working in partnership with local businessman, Earle Wightman, has been responsible for transforming this once thriving music venue, which is perched along the Birmingham Main Line Canal near Brindley Place. The result is a newly refurbished restaurant and pub complete with four bars and a new eating area, as well as a private function room and facilities for boaters on the canal.

Cheryl Blount-Powell, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “I’m delighted that the project has won this award as it really is the cherry on the cake for all the hard work we’ve put in trying to realise the dream of reopening the Fiddle & Bone. The building had stood empty for over 12 years so to see it once again back open and thriving and creating jobs for local people is really wonderful.”