Time called on pubs in Milngavie and Bearsden

A SHOCKING new report has revealed that four pubs have closed in Clydebank and Milngavie while three have shut in Strathkelvin and Bearsden in the last five years.

Across Scotland over 700 Scottish pubs have closed for good during the past five years according to research by Brewers Molson Coors, who commissioned the study.

The findings will be used to persuade MSPs to help hard-pressed pub owners.

They are also calling for an end to tax rises on beer, to ease the burden of business rates and make it easier for publicans to apply for a licence to sell alcohol.

Cheap supermarket booze, the smoking ban and the recession have been blamed for the closures in the study which also showed that pubs still play a crucial role in community life.

More than four in 10 men believe it is important to have a pub within walking distance of home.