Tweedsmuir Community takes ownership of historic Crook Inn

Crook Inn'PIC PHIL WILKINSON.'TSPL / JOHNSTON PRESS''TS PICS.'THE CROOK INN , TWEEDSMUIR , SCOTTISH BORDERS.''THE 400 YEAR OLD CROOK INN WAS CLOSED SIX YEARS AGO AND HAS SAT EMPTY SINCE THEN..  THE TWEEDSMUIR COMMUNINTY COMPANY HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE RIGHT TO BUY THE CROOK INN AT A COST OF �160,000. CURRENTLY THEY HAVE RAISED �50,000 AND ARE NOW HOPING TO RAISE THE REST OF THE MONEY TO REOPEN THE CROOK INN AND TURN IT INTO A HUB FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND TOURISM. ''MEMBERS OF THE TCC GATHER TODAY AT THE CROOK TO MARK THE OCCASION.
Crook Inn'PIC PHIL WILKINSON.'TSPL / JOHNSTON PRESS''TS PICS.'THE CROOK INN , TWEEDSMUIR , SCOTTISH BORDERS.''THE 400 YEAR OLD CROOK INN WAS CLOSED SIX YEARS AGO AND HAS SAT EMPTY SINCE THEN.. THE TWEEDSMUIR COMMUNINTY COMPANY HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE RIGHT TO BUY THE CROOK INN AT A COST OF �160,000. CURRENTLY THEY HAVE RAISED �50,000 AND ARE NOW HOPING TO RAISE THE REST OF THE MONEY TO REOPEN THE CROOK INN AND TURN IT INTO A HUB FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND TOURISM. ''MEMBERS OF THE TCC GATHER TODAY AT THE CROOK TO MARK THE OCCASION.

The Crook Inn now officially belongs to the Tweedsmuir Community Company.

As a result of massive public support, the Tweedsmuir community group ended 2012 with the £160,000 required to buy the historic 17th Century inn, and have now taken possession following completion of the legal paperwork.

The Inn, dating back to around 1604, had been closed for over five years but, after a bid to turn it into flats was ruled out, the public were given the chance to buy it and keep it at the centre of the community in the Upper Tweed Valley.

For more details, see the Carluke and Lanark Gazette.