A campaign has been launched to restore one of Newport's most famous buildings, the Westgate Hotel, to its former glory.

Arguably one of the city's most iconic buildings, famous for being the point at which the 1839 Chartist uprising culminated in bloodshed, the Westgate Hotel has a complicated history.

Originally closed in the early 2000s, it remained in a near-derelict state until November of last year, when it reopened its doors for the Newport Rising festival.

Since last year, it has occasionally been used as a venue for music acts and last month's Lockdown Art exhibition, but now the organisers behind the Newport Rising festival want to see it permanently reopened to the public.

David Daniel and Gavin Facey discuss the fundraising campaign:

"Every time we open the doors, people come in and tell us about how they got married here, how they had office parties here, and there's a generation that remembers when the hotel was really thriving and was at the centre of Newport's daily life," said David Daniel in a video filmed to promote the campaign.

Mr Daniel, along with fellow campaign organiser Gavin Facey, has started the fundraiser which calls to 'permanently reopen and regenerate' the hotel.

The pair, who have been key organisers in the clean-up of the hotel in the past 12 months and some of the arts events held there, launched the campaign last week.

The inside of the hotel in late 2019, following massive cleaning efforts

It would also see a permanent space for group Newport Rising, allowing them to "continue to educate people about the Chartist story in Newport."

Mr Daniel said: "Together, we hope that we can create a thriving venue right at the heart of Newport city centre."

A full list of what they hope to achieve out of their fundraising efforts is:

You can see the fundraising campaign here.