Platform 3’s at heart of Linlithgow community

Pictured: Owner Ian Gibson (L) and Iain Hewitt (R) with their awards. Platform 3 Pub wins Community Pub of the Year Award. Barman Iain Hewitt also wins Barperson of the Year. Linlithgow, Scotland, 11th November 2013. Image: Jonathan Faulds
Pictured: Owner Ian Gibson (L) and Iain Hewitt (R) with their awards. Platform 3 Pub wins Community Pub of the Year Award. Barman Iain Hewitt also wins Barperson of the Year. Linlithgow, Scotland, 11th November 2013. Image: Jonathan Faulds
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A popular Linlithgow pub has won a major accolade at the annual Scottish Licensed Trade News Awards 2013.

Platform 3, the tiny bar on the High Street, was named ‘‘Community Pub of the Year’’ in the prestigious awards.

And, at the same time, pub manager Iain Hewitt was named ‘‘Bar Person of the Year’’.

The double whammy was welcomed by pub owner Ian Gibson who said: ‘‘Thanks very much to all of our generous customers who made this win possible. They are extremely generous when it comes to fund-raising for the community.’’

Local groups and organisations have much to give thanks for to the staff and patrons of Platform 3.

Some of the groups which have benefitted from their endeavours include Linlithgow Reed Band, Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Gala Day and Linlithgow Marches - the latter of which gets a handsome cash boost each year from the duck race organised by the pub.

Other events include quiz nights, the most recent of which raised in excess of £550 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Platform 3 was the first pub in town to be awarded the coveted Cask Marque status for its promotion and presentation of Real Ale and has regularly been shortlisted for awards but, said Ian Gibson, attaining a major award by his industry peers was very satisfying.

‘‘Everyone at the pub is well chuffed to be named community pub of the year,’’ he enthused.

He added: ‘‘It’s our fourth time in the finals, each time nominated by different sponsors in front of a different judging panel but this is our first win at the awards.

‘‘It’s a clear reflection of our community spirit at Platform 3.’’