Linlithgow’s famous High Street watering hole the Football and Cricketers Arms has sparked a local row for daring to give the premises a facelift.
The town’s civic trust objected to plans submitted by Belhaven Brewery to change the name of the historic pub to Linlithgow Tap and replace the well-known stained glass windows depicting footballers and cricketers with the words “Real Ales” and “Crafty”.
The trust stated the name change was “unacceptable” and the town would lose an “interesting piece of artwork” if the stained glass was removed.
Owner Colin Sinclair, who has run the pub for 35 years, assured the Linlithgow Gazette yesterday (Thursday) the pub most definitely had not changed hands, as had been rumoured locally, and the proposals to change the name and remove the stained glass were just a way of reinvigorating the premises.
He said: “We are looking to change the name, that’s true, but we are only looking to move the position of the stained glass from the front of the pub and place it on display inside, so it will not be lost.
“This is just a refurbishment because the pub has looked the same since I’ve been here.
“We thought a change would freshen things up.”