Lanark Sherrif Court - McRae FAI'10/1/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison
Lanark Sherrif Court - McRae FAI'10/1/11'Picture by Lindsay Addison

IS there any good reason why Clydesdale’s weekend revellers have to go home two hours earlier than their Hamilton or Glasgow counterparts?

The Area Licensing Board says `Yes’ to that question but the premises claiming to be Clydesdale’s only true nightclub spent a day in court arguing it was totally unfair.

In a full day session at Lanark Sheriff Court, Images in Lanark’s Wellgate argued its case for being given 3am opening on Fridays and Saturdays, attempting to overturn a February decision by the board that it must close at 1am like every other `pub’ premises in the area.

A solicitor for Images repeatedly pointed out that this was placing the Lanark business at an unfair disadvantage, at least one nightclub in Hamilton - also in South Lanarkshire - having 3am weekend opening permitted by its local board.

Custom was also flooding out of Clydesdale to the Glasgow clubs with late-late opening, this loss of trade to the area now being aided by a special `clubbers’ bus service from here to the city and back.

A solicitor acting for Images told Sheriff Nikola Stewart that, in sticking to its 1am policy when considering Images’ application for “just four extra hours opening a week”, the Clydesdale Area Licensing Board had taken “a blunderbuss attitude”, failing to take into account what he claimed were the special circumstances of Images being a “proper nightclub” and not just a pub or hotel with occasional late functions.

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