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Breakfast time, gentleman please; Glasgow's pubs face losing early morning licences as council moves to stop them opening at 8am.

Byline: KEITH MCLEOD

THE early morning pub culture in Scotland's largest city is to end with a move to halt breakfast booze licences.

Glasgow councillors have signalled that they will no longer sanction licences for pubs to open as early as 8am and sell alcohol with a breakfast.

But yesterday patrons of pubs hit out, saying they visit the pubs to get a breakfast at a good price, while bar owners said jobs will be lost over the move.

Last month we revealed how a police operation snared a barman who offered undercover officers a roll and sausage between them instead of one each.

That meant Allan Gallacher, 59, was allegedly breaking the law by not ensuring that a breakfast was served to each customer along with a drink at the Empire Bar in Glasgow's Saltmarket.

He lost his job and appeared in court last month.

At the Whistlin Kirk near Glasgow's High Court, owner Annemarie Lynch said: "If this goes ahead I fear I'll have to close the pub and five jobs will be lost.

"The fact is pensioners come here for a breakfast at a great price, and many have it with a coffee or tea, not alcohol.

"Next year we are hosting the Commonwealth Games and I wonder what tourists coming here will think if you can't even pop into a pub for your breakfast."

Regular Denis Knotts, 62, said: "Why is the council trying to stop this? I don't get it.

"I come here for a breakfast and if I want a pint I'll order one after the breakfast."

James Collum, 61, added: "Why is it I can have a beer in Glasgow at 4am, but not 8am? "It makes no sense at all to attack businesses like this. There is a great atmosphere in this pub and to target that is a disgrace."

At the Lampost Bar in nearby Saltmarket owner William Gibson said: "Absolutely no one comes to the pub without ordering a breakfast.

We are very strict on that.

"Any move to stop these licences will hit business and jobs. We are supposed to be encouraging businesses in these tough times not doing the opposite.

"Four jobs are on the line in my pub if this licence goes and maybe we should concentrate on helping create jobs."

Customer John McLaughlin, 48, said: "The breakfast is very good. There may be people who think that serving breakfast is just a ploy to be able to sell alcohol.

"But it is not. I sometimes come here at about 9 o'clock and have a breakfast and a coffee. Sometimes I have a breakfast and a beer.

"Who is that hurting exactly?" At both the Whistlin Kirk and the Lampost there are signs on doors and walls saying no alcohol is available without breakfast during early opening.

Glasgow has issued 56 licences to pubs to open before 11am to sell breakfasts.

Health chiefs say early opening pubs are often used by people who are unemployed and who have alcohol addiction issues.

The new policy, which should end early licences, is expected to be finalised this month.

WHISTLIN' KIRK

The fact is pensioners come here for a breakfast at a great price

LANDLADY ANNMARIE LYNCH

It makes no sense at all to attack people and businesses like this JAMES COLLUM

WHY IS THE COUNCIL TRYING TO STOP THIS?

I DON'T GET IT

DENIS KNOTTS

THE LAMPPOST

Four jobs are on the line if this licence goes and maybe we should concentrate on helping create jobs OWNER WILLIAM GIBSON

I SOMETIMES HAVE A BREAKFAST AND COFFEE. SOMETIMES I HAVE A BREAKFAST AND A BEER. JOHN MCLAUGHLIN
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