By staff reporter
A PUB in the East End of Glasgow has made history – by becoming the first in the city to be closed down with immediate effect following a crisis meeting.
The Foggy Dew, which on its Twitter account described itself as a ‘Celtic/Irish bar’, was shut after an emergency hearing of the city’s licensing board, prompted by Police Scotland after alleged “serious violence” and “sectarian, religious prejudice behaviour” within the venue.
Officers claimed the London Road bar’s doors ought to be shut after a series of incidents, including last weekend an alleged serious assault. The licensing board heard how police said there was a “lack of co-operation from management and licence holder” at the East End pub.
Chief Inspector Hilary Sloan said that management had completely failed to engage with the police, and asked for the order to be imposed for long enough to give Police Scotland time to return to the board for a review hearing of the premises.
Granting closure order powers for the first time in Glasgow, Councillor Bill Butler said the move was necessary “to prevent crime and disorder and secure public safety.”
Archie McIver, the solicitor appearing for the licence holder East End Catering, told the board he had been instructed not to oppose any motion by police. The Foggy Dew’s designated premises manager, Lloyd Ingram, was not in attendance at the hearing and nobody was present on his behalf.
Named after a well-known Irish ballad, The Foggy Dew was a popular spot for both locals and visitors to the Scottish city. It first caused widespread controversy when it hosted a party to ‘celebrate’ the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, footage of which appeared on the internet.
Republican band Shebeen were seen performing in front of a bar full of cheering drinkers, with the band’s lead singer Alan Quinn leading a chorus of IRA chants and anti-Thatcher slogans. A police investigation followed.