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Helicopter crashes into The Clutha - 29 Nov 2013
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:20 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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They're doing the £5 pizza until they open, I work over the river and have had a few, very tasty!


Did you try the toady one ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Clutha poised to re-open (© Evening Times)

CLUTHA owner Alan Crossan is still waiting for the go ahead for him to re-open.


He said Glasgow City Council has yet to issue a completion certificate, making it legal for him
to fully open. Without the document the grand unveiling will not be given the green light, forcing
Alan to cancel the bands scheduled and turn guests away.

It had been hoped the pub could re-open this month.

The invitation list is understood to include relatives of those who died when a helicopter plunged
through the roof of the venue on November 29, 2013. Also invited are some of those injured during
the tragedy, and the band Esperanza who played at the time of the accident, members of the police,
fire and ambulance services and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Alan has said he is hopeful the First
Minister will be able to attend. He is also hoping Glasgow City Council will be represented by Lord
Provost Sadie Docherty..

However, the event will only be allowed to go ahead once the certification is complete. “We can only
open if we get a completion certificate from the council. We’re ready to go but we need this. They
said they would look at it this week. I’m just crossing my fingers it comes on time.” He also added
that five staff who previously worked in the venue before the tragedy are also waiting patiently to
get back behind the bar.

A council spokeswoman said they had “worked extremely hard to ensure that Mr Crossan could
re-open,” and added: “We wrote to his solicitor in March to tell him that that the scale of the work
he was carrying out would require building warrant consent. The application for that work was only
received within the last fortnight – it is simply not possible to assess and approve that work in this
timescale.”



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

New bar at Clutha opens after helicopter crash (© BBC)



A new bar has opened at the Clutha pub in Glasgow more than a year and a half after a police helicopter
crashed into its roof.


Ten people died when the aircraft came down on the city centre venue on a busy Friday night in November
2013. Families of the victims, survivors and members of the emergency services who dealt with the crash
were invited to the pub's relaunch. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attended the opening ceremony. The Clutha
had been shut since the night of the tragedy, with building work carried out to refurbish the property.

The interior of the old pub remains sealed off but a new bar has been erected in the former smoking area.

The exterior walls have been refurbished and are now covered with a mural depicting well-known faces including
Billy Connelly, Spike Milligan and Stan Laurel. A private function was being held for invited guests with the
venue due to fully reopen to the public at 20:00.

Owner Alan Crossan told BBC Scotland: "What we are trying to do is bring the Clutha back to Glasgow and
give it back to the Glasgow people. It was the people who made the Clutha. Not the building or anything like
that. It was the people - the musicians, the staff, the punters."

The helicopter crash on 29 November 2013 claimed the lives of seven customers. They were John McGarrigle,
Mark O'Prey, Gary Arthur, Colin Gibson, Robert Jenkins, Samuel McGhee and Joe Cusker. The police helicopter
crew who were killed were pilot David Traill, PC Tony Collins and PC Kirsty Nelis. A draft report from crash
investigators into the tragedy has been completed, with a final public document still to be be published.

Last month Princes Charles visited the Glasgow venue with his wife the Duchess of Rothesay. He signed a
ukulele to be auctioned to raise funds for the Clutha Trust, a charity working to support young people in the
aftermath of the crash.

Speaking on Radio Scotland's Newsdrive programme, Billy Coyle, from the Clutha Trust said reopening the
venue would be "emotional" for all those involved. He said: "We've been planning to get the pub opened as
soon as possible and it was really short notice for tonight but everything is in place. It will be an emotional
night but it is a way forward."




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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Great news.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

The mural outside is quite nice. Yet to have a pint inside.


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