Ding-ding! Get a round in as Six Bells pub offers defence classes


LEARN how to defend yourself by going along to a FREE personal safety/self defence class at The Six Bells pub in Bearsden on Saturday, January 29.

The event launches the pub’s community safety initiative which was the brainchild of the new landlord and his brother.

David Bell took over The Six Bells (formerly Abbotsford Inn) on Nithsdale Crescent last April and with the help of his wife Tina.

The former landlord of the Talbot Arms in Milngavie, David is also a former kick boxing champion, personal safety instructor and player and sponsor of Clydebank Rugby Club.

He is used to transforming failing pubs but admitted that he also needed to tackle the safety of the local neighbourhood.

He said: “The bar had a pretty poor reputation. Youths would congregate near the off-license next door and drink on the pavement and crimes such as mugging and vandalism were on the increase.

“If we wanted to promote our bar and restaurant as being a value-for-money family venue, families had to feel safe coming to and from our premises.

“It was then that I contacted my brother Alan and we came up with the community safety initiative.

“The class will cover personal safety tips when walking at night, how to use body language and verbal skills to diffuse a potentially violent situation and finally how to defend yourself should you be physically attacked.

“Anyone aged 14 years and over can attend – the oldest person we have so far taught was 87 years old.”

Alan uses his former military and bodyguard skills to run Security And Safety, a not-for-profit training company.

It provides personal safety, self defence and conflict resolution training courses to the public sector and to private businesses.

Alan and David are fully qualified self defence instructors with the Self Defence Federation (UK).

The personal safety class is from 10am to 12.30pm and will be followed in February with a free ‘Save A Child’s Life’ first aid course.

Each month will see a new course aimed at improving community safety – subsidised by David and Tina.

The techniques are simple and easy to remember - but you should wear long trousers and trainers if you want to take part in the classes.