Linlithgow and East Falkirk MP Martyn Day launched a Grangemouth pub’s initiative to capture the greatest moments from the local community last Saturday (16th July).
The Earl of Zetland, has been proving its commitment to developing as an asset for locals ever since Hawthorn Leisure took over in April. Twenty-six jobs were saved with the acquisition and the company has continued to invest in its future.
In a nod to community, the pub has now dedicated an area for images of precious moments from Grangemouth’s people’s lives. The idea was the brainchild of manager Shelley Davis whose inspiration came from customers’ nostalgic memories of times when the Earl of Zetland was a church.
Mr Day, a member of the All Parliamentary Beer Group, was the first to ‘hook up’ a photograph. A supporter of community pubs, he said: “Aside from the obvious pleasures pubs bring, they are a huge contributor to both the local economy and society so it was a privilege for me to get involved in supporting this initiative.”
Shelley, who also managed the pub when it belonged to Wetherspoon, added: “It’s great to now be able to have individuality and adapt to customer demand. We’ve continued to tweak our offer, redecorated, installed a music system to add to the atmosphere and employed more kitchen staff.
“We’ve added eight Scottish dishes to the menu including Scotch Pie; Haggis Tatties and Neeps; and Highland Burger. Scottish liqueurs including Caorun and White and Mackay are the perfect compliment to beers from local breweries.
“Our promotions change regularly – buy one get a second meal for £1 on Thursday Curries and Sunday lunch; and free coffee with breakfast our latest offers. It’s now about making the Earl central to local lives, of which the photographs are just the start.”
Already, the pub has announced its intention to support a local charity this year and is spending time with local councilor David Balfour to visit worthy causes before putting the decision in locals’ hands. Meanwhile the pub’s community board is proving to be a popular resource for local groups.