The Polar Bear has officially been saved.

The future of Hull's music scene is once again looking very bright after attempts to save one of its most iconic venues proved successful.

Through the heroic efforts of the people of Hull and beyond, and the team at Polar Bear, its doors will reopen.

Last month, management at Polar Bear begged Hull to help save the well-loved venue and keep it open community management after news broke in July 16 when it was revealed VMS, who took control of Polar Bike and Welly in 2018 had gone into administration.

A Crowdfunder page was set up to buy all of Polar Bear's assets up at auction.

Funds of £15,000 were needed to purchase the sound systems, DJ equipment, furniture and office infrastructure.

All of the money needed was raised. But that was part one.

Now all of its assets have been retained, and Polar Bear will be run by the people as a community interest company and will soon appoint board members.

Local companies HPSS (Hugh Jones) and ITSL (Mike Wilkinson) have pledged their support and the community interest company has today been given the keys to Polar Bear.

Inside Polar Bear
Inside Polar Bear

However, it is still in need of help and donations to improve the building to make the venue accessible to provide pandemic proof year-round outdoor performances.

It is hoped an additional £37,000 could be raised by Christmas.

Chris Sherrington, the Music Venue Trust Regional Coordinator for the Northeast said: "Music Venue Trust is happy to report that after the news in July of the closure of The Polar Bear in Hull, that the lease on the venue has now been secured.

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"The local management team, headed up by Mark Hall, will be taking over the venue as an independent operation with support from a Crowdfunder campaign, local government, the great independent promoters and artists and MVT.

"It is great that such a key venue and its expertise will be retained and provide opportunities for artists, however, it still faces an immensely challenging time ahead.

"The Crowdfunder campaign is on-going and we would encourage those that can to continue to keep supporting this and the other great venues across the region during this uncertain time."

Inside Polar Bear
Inside Polar Bear

Emma Hardy, MP for Hull West and Hessle said: "I'm delighted that the Bear is going to reopen under new management. It has been incredible to see the city get behind the venue and show such support for live music.

"But there is still further to go and I hope that the city can continue to support the Bear to make the physical improvements it needs and ensure it's here for years to come."

To donate to the Crowdfunder, click here.