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Queen’s Head shuts, with £18k grant in pipeline

The Queens Head Inn, Selkirk.

The Queens Head Inn, Selkirk.

Barely three months after it reopened, Selkirk’s Queen’s Head pub has closed again, with no sign of life or its tenant landlord, Mark Syme.

He opened the town’s restored establishment on September 27, renting it from Dolcas Ltd in Rosyth.

The Wee Paper understands the doors shut on Monday, December 16, just before the busy Christmas period began. The bars and flat, where Mr Syme lived, have looked dark and empty since.

Last week, confusingly, the pub still had four Facebook pages: ‘Queen’s Head Selkirk’, ‘Queens Head-Selkirk’, ‘Queens head Selkirk’, and Mr Syme’s own ‘Queens Head’, with his final posts for an Anne Summers party and karaoke on December 9. We can no longer find his Facebook page ‘Queens Head’.

The go-between in respect of Mr Syme and Dolcas Ltd, John Poletti, told us last Friday: “It’s the first I’ve heard about it.

“Nobody told me, but it doesn’t surprise me. I don’t think they got the trade from alcohol sales they thought they would get. I wouldn’t have been satisfied with the number of people I saw inside.”

Historic Scotland revealed the Queen’s Head has applied for £18,500 for exterior works, as part of its £750,000 Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) in Selkirk, but it said the award has not yet been confirmed.

 

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