Pub’s ‘Offensive’ Name Change Plans Furiously Rejected By Residents

Plans to change the 'offensive' name of a 350-year-old pub, deemed 'possibly racist', is to be decided by the Scottish government.
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Plans to change the ‘offensive’ name of a 350-year-old pub, deemed ‘possibly racist’, is to be decided by the Scottish government.

According to Metro, Greene King announced in February that the name of a pub in West Lothian, Black B****, would be changing – despite it carrying the name of a greyhound statue in the town.

The boozer is to be rebranded The Willow Tree after a furious public meeting.

SNP first minister Alex Salmond said last year: “Whoever they consulted on this silliness certainly wasn’t local where the name Black B**** is borne with pride as showing awareness and respect for Lithgae’s rich history.”

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There were more than 500 objections from angry campaigners who criticised the owners for trying to be ‘woke’.

A petition to stop the name change gained more than 11,000 signatures, Linlithgow itself only has 13,000 residents.

It recently emerged that Greene King turned to the government hoping to have the change rubber-stamped after West Lothian Council deferred the decision.

They also claim councillors are hoping to encourage heritage managers to include the pub’s name in a ‘protected listing’ – avoiding the need for a name change.

An appeal on Greene King’s behalf stressed it is not for the council to ‘control the name of the premises’.

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It read: “It was made clear to the council’s Development Management Committee both within the officer report and verbally at committee that it is not for the council to control the name of the premises and that there are no planning grounds for either advertisement consent or listed building consent being refused on this basis.

“It was also made clear that Historic Environment Scotland had been consulted and has raised no objection.

The term ‘Black B****’ has been associated with the area for over 700 years, according to West Lothian History and Amenity Society.

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.