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Under - Age Drinking.

What the News was saying in 1970...

Cut Down Under - Age Drinking or Else

Glasgow pubs get a warning

Glasgow's senior magistrate, Bailie James Anderson, today warned Glasgow publicans that they could lose their licences if they did not take more care to prevent under - age drinking and improve the condition of some public houses in the city.

He was speaking at Glasgow Licensing Court in Langside Halls. On under - age drinking, he said it was the view of the magistrates and the police that this was closely associated with violence. He warned that young persons appearing on serious charges involving drink would be dealt with severely.


And he added that unless licensees took even more care in serving young people they would be "dealt with drastically" at the next sitting of the licensing court. On the question of poor standard public houses, he said that generally, standards in Glasgow were high, but all too often, with continual changes of licensees over the years, the decoration in pubs had been neglected.

This reflected badly on the licensed trade as a whole and on the city itself. "It is doubtful whether these premises should be allowed to continue," said bailie Anderson. Licensees must ensure that their premises were of an adequate standard before the next sitting of the court in March.

No to first pub for scheme

A plan to build the first public house in a large housing scheme in Dumbarton fell through today when the burgh licensing court refused to grant a provisional licence. The application for a public house in Bellsmyre - one of the largest housing schemes in Dumbarton - was made by Glasgow chartered accountant, - Daniel Braithwaite, who, the court heard, already holds two licences in Glasgow and Eaglesham. Glasgow agent Mr Colin McKay told the court, "My client wants to provide a local service for the people of the scheme."

He said there had been no objection to the proposed public house to be part of a shopping centre in Merkins Avenue and added, "This would confirm that the people of Bellsmyre want a place locally where they can spend an evening." After a short recess the court voted to reject the application. No reason was given.

The number of people arrested in Dumbarton in the last six months for being drunk and incapable has risen sharply since last year, the court heard. The figure in the last six months has shot up to 67-29 more than the same period last year. Provost Ian McDuff, chairman of the licensing court, asked for the co-opration of licence-holders in the fight against drunken offenders.

The court granted a provisional licence for a hotel he plans to build to Mr John O'Hare, of Stirling Road, Dumbarton. But he won't be able to start work on the 14 bedroom building until a new raod through the town is completed. Mr O'Hare proposes to build his hotel in West Bridgend.

Three former Rangers players suffered mixed fortunes at the sitting of Falkirk Burgh Licensing court. Successful in applications were Alex Scott, at present with Falkirk, and former Ibrox striker Max Murray. But an application by Alex Ferguson, Falkirk F.C's top scorer this season, to open a public house and restaurant in Cockburn Street, Falkirk, was continued for one month. Scott won his licence for a new pub in the Tamfourhill area, despite objections from local tenants.

The Rev. James Robson, minister of Camelon St. John's Church, announced after the magistrates had granted the application that he would appeal on behalf of the tenants at the confirmation court. Max Murray is the new licence holder of the Roman Bar, in Camelon.

An Ayr town councillor, who recently won an appeal to the Secretary of State for Scotland against the refusal of his own authority to grant planning permission for a new hotel in Maybole Road, was granted a licence by the Burgh Licensing Court to-day. He is Councillor Adam Neil, who formerly held the licence for the Craigie Inn, now demolished.


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