Bar named after Wakefield prison inmate Charles Bronson

Dawn Kelly manager at Bolands Bar who are to rename as the Free Chrales Bronson Bar after the infamous convict Charles Bronson, who is currently serving time at Wakefield Prison.
Dawn Kelly manager at Bolands Bar who are to rename as the Free Chrales Bronson Bar after the infamous convict Charles Bronson, who is currently serving time at Wakefield Prison.

A CITY centre bar is to be named after a notorious prisoner who is currently serving life imprisonment in solitary confinement just minutes away.

Part of Bolands Bar, on Union Street, is to be called The Free Charles Bronson Bar in honour of long-serving prisoner Charles Bronson.

And some of the prisoner’s own artwork will be featured on the walls.

The pub is run by Inn-Opps Ltd and director Peter Kearn has decided to make the move after meeting Bronson, who has spent 37 years inside.

Mr Kearn, 61, said he was inspired to rename the bar after art work donated by Bronson, 58, helped one of his Bradford pubs raise £10,000 for a brain-damaged girl to have stem cell treatment.

Mr Kearn said: “I have never met a more charismatic, caring, intelligent, witty guy who needs all the help that is out there.

“I have been fortunate enough to meet Muhammad Ali and I felt the same vibes from him as I did this notorious guy.

“When I told him what I was doing he gave me a hug through the bars.”

A launch on Saturday, December 10, will see friends, family and supporters of Bronson, who is a prisoner in HMP Wakefield, hold an open party.

Actor Tom Hardy, who played Bronson in a film made about his life story in 2008, has been invited.

Bronson was jailed for armed robbery in 1974 and received a life sentence with a three-year tariff after taking a teacher hostage during a siege at Hull Prison in 1999.

He has since been refused parole and failed in a bid to appeal his conviction.

He plans to launch a fresh appeal for freedom next year, with an appeal fundraising cash for his legal fees.