Something unusual was happening in 1977 and 1978. Blantyre Pubs were starting to open on a Sunday! It was something the punters loved, but divided opinion throughout the town, with not everybody so happy.
In January 1978 for example, the Doon Inn at Broompark Road (pictured) obtained a license to stay open on a Sunday, despite protests from local neighbours.
One resident said, “I think we should have one day of rest and peace per week. Every other day we have disturbances with drunks including singing and foul language. People also treat outside as urinals rather than using the pub toilets.”
An agent for Francis Doonin, the owner of the pub hit back stating that at no time had any resident ever come to the pub to complain.
Councillor James Swinburne on the license committee had approved the license and added that the owners were perfectly capable of monitoring the behaviour of the clientele and that the complaint seemed mostly to revolve around one families concerns only.
Can you remember the start of Sunday openings?
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