Bright star?

Archive photograph of Linlithgow
Archive photograph of Linlithgow

HISTORIC landmark the Star and Garter is currently ‘under offer’ nearly two years after it was gutted by fire.

The former three-storey property at No.1 the High Street was put on the market by selling agents Christie and Co with an asking price of £160,000 or over. But this week, Barry McNeill of Christie and Co remained tight lipped on who the bidder is, adding: “All we can say is that the Star and Garter is ‘under offer’ and we are hoping it will take weeks rather than months to conclude things, and for the Star and Garter to be returned to its former glory.”

He added he could not predict how long the process would take, but that the bank wanted a solution sooner rather than later.

Chris Cook, secretary at the Star and Garter Trust, set up to save the listed building for the community, said: “Our motives remain the same. We want to see the Star and Garter back in use, for the community.

“In principle, for it to be ‘under offer’ is a good thing. It all depends on who’s buying it and for what purpose.”

He added that if the Trust were unable to continue, any donations made to the cause would be returned.

The Star and Garter, built in 1830, ceased trading after a fire in October 2010.