Fears for survival of Workers' Club

THERE was a time when the Launceston Workers' Club went through 27 barrels of beer a week.

Now, with a dwindling membership base, regular patrons fear the iconic Elizabeth Street club could be lost forever.

With a combined membership of almost 60 years, Lyall Smith and Trevor Leary have witnessed changes to the club.

Its current premises served as horse stables and a car garage before members spruced up the building.

``It's a nice, civilised place to have a quiet drink with friends,'' Mr Smith said.

``Everyone knows everyone.''

Manager Sam Hammersley said many people weren't aware the club was not exclusively members-only.

She said anyone was welcome to enjoy its cheap drinks, cue games and free live music, or hire the venue for free.

``We have Friday night raffles and voucher raffles,'' she said.

``We'll have to end up closing the doors if people don't get behind us.

``It'd be really sad to see the doors closed on it, it's been plodding along for years.''

The Launceston Workers' Club was first established in 1865. It is a not-for-profit organisation.

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