A FRESH round of events are being launched to save an iconic social centre in Whitefield which has played host to rock legends.

To keep St Bernadette’s open and stop it from falling into disuse, volunteers are funding a crafts fair on Sunday, followed by an afternoon tea on December 19 and a carols night on December 22.

The social centre has been the venue for community parties, gigs, shows, cabaret nights, birthdays and more since its inception in 1961.

The venue was a regular haunt of Elbow frontman, Guy Garvey, and featured in their music video for the song, ‘Open Arms’.

Other bands who played there include Prestwich post-punk band, The Fall, and - reportedly - The Who.

Over the years, the venue has begun to wear down, due to continued use and is in need of refurbishments.

Dan Jones, a volunteer, has been raising money to fund renovations. In the last 12 months, Dan and others have taken part in a sponsored bike ride to all the major football grounds in Greater Manchester, online quizzes, afternoon teas, and craft sales.

The craft fair is free, while entry for the afternoon tea is £10 per person. Tickets for the carol’s night are £5 per person.