Sir Paul McCartney has added his weight to a campaign to save a fabled venue in his native Liverpool, England, by urging fans in the city to do whatever they can to keep it open.

St Luke's Church, which was almost destroyed in 1941 during World War Two, reopened as a public arts venue in 2007, but funding cuts and other issues have prompted city officials to consider closing the place.

MCCartney has learned of the campaign to save the church and its grounds and has posted a message online supporting the project.

He writes, "The people of Liverpool should do everything possible to keep this venue open for the use of the people and run by the people. It's a place that is regularly staffed by students from the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts and people of all ages, religions and backgrounds. It would be a terrible shame if we lost this cultural icon."

Curator Ambrose Reynolds says, "It means the world for us to have the support of this international legend. The tremendous support we've received from the public means we can continue to open the city centre ruined church for music, theatre, art exhibitions and outdoor movie screenings."

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono is also actively supporting the campaign.