THE co-owner of Lanark’s Crown Tavern pub was delighted to ‘fire up’ his oven on June 24 – to lay on a free three-course lunch for a group of 26 World War II veterans.
The group of heroes sank a few ‘rounds’ of beer in the Hope Street hostelry and reminisced about their heroic efforts for the British Army around 70 years ago.
The event was the brainchild of Crown Tavern boss Billy McNeill, who was delighted to provide the veterans – some of whom were from Lanark, Lesmahagow and Douglas with the ‘ammunition’ to have a good time.
Billy said: “I was very pleased with how many veterans turned out.
“It was a great day; something I felt I just had to organise to recognise the fact that everyone at this pub will never forget the remarkable war efforts of these men.
“Everyone who was here loved it. We let them order anything off the food menu and as many drinks as they wanted, all free of charge.
“There was a lot of banter, laughter and good humour.”
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