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The Jiggin. (Netherfield)

1071 Duke Street, Glasgow. G31.



The Jiggin. 1991.

This was originally the Netherfield Bar, the Nerry Inn.

It has been closed for a number of years now.

In the NEWS 1976...

Mr. Frank McKenna 1976

Mr. Frank McKenna, right hand crippled. 1976.

Beer and Bus Ban.

Publicans to ask drivers for backing...

Scots bar managers may seek the aid of Glasgow busmen in their campaign against murderous thugs.

They are all set to carry out "soon" their threat to shut pubs for one day in a massive protest against attacks on staff which culminated at the weekend in the murder of Glasgow pub boss George Brown.

Busmen also the victims of thugs in recent weeks have retaliated with weekend curfews in some parts of the city.

Protest Decade

Phil Jenkins, transport union boss for the busmen, said today, "It will be up to the men themselves to decide if they want to take part in any protest.

"We are living in a decade of protest."

Mr. Alec Hood, Scottish organiser of NALHM the National Association of Licensed House Managers, was in his Edinburgh office early today, planning the first moves in the protest. Said Mr. Hood, "I will be making formal applications today to owners, breweries and the brewers society, asking them for their support."

And he warned, The one-day shutdown is a serious threat. Out fight has to start somewhere."

Curfew Ends

Mr Hood hoped for the support of the busmen after all their protests have been over the same thing. He added, "I will be contacting the Transport Union and asking them to join me." Mr Brown's murder, police are still investigating, happened after he had chased a group of youths from the pub in the Springboig district.

Busmen at Glasgow's Gartcraig depot decided today to end their weekend curfew in the Nitshill area. The ban on buses going into the district after 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays was imposed two weeks ago following an attack on a driver.


Perils of Pub Work...

Two Glasgow men who were attacked while managing pubs told today of the assaults.

One of them, 47 year old Frank McKenna is no longer in the trade, he lost the power of one hand when he was assaulted in a Maryhill pub two years ago. Mr. McKenna, of 140 Raeberry Street, Maryhill, has had five operations in his right hand, including skin grafts.

He said today "My wife and I were clearing up one Saturday night at closing time.


"Three lads in their early twenties were standing with pints at 10.15 p.m. "I put two of the pints on the other side of the bar, and as I turned round one of them stuck a tumbler into my hand, serving the tendon and some arteries."

Mr McKenna has tried working in pubs since the attack, but he said, "It's useless. It is not a job you can do with one hand." Bar manager Phil Woodlock (41) was stabbed twice, kicked, and punched by a gang of youths because he told a teenager girl she was too young to be served in the Netherfield Bar, Duke Street in the East End of the city.

Phil Woodlock 1976

Mr Woodlock "I had to have stitches put in the two back wounds, but I didn't stay off work, you can't let them beat you." Asked if he had been attacked before, Mr Woodlock showed a toothless grin and said "You must be joking."

He added, "The trouble is that even when the pub's busy you can never get witnesses for these things. "I think this plan to shut the pubs for a day could be a good thing. We'll have to hit them and hit the public until they realise that we need help."



Mr Phil Woodlock 1976.



Netherfield interior 1978

When Billy Welsh, proprietor of the Netherfield Bar, Duke Street, Glasgow, opened his new lounge recently he chose Lorimer's beers and Norseman Lager.

At the opening of the new bar Billy (second right) and Mrs. Welsh are joined by, from Lorimer's, Bob Taylor, sales representative, and Jack Grierson, regional sales manager (both on left), and harry Lorimer, sales director (right).


In the NEWS 1979...

Pub Pop Man Knife Murder Victim...

The young victim of a late-night knife murder in Glasgow's East End was today named as Peter Airlie, lead singer of a popular pub group.

Peter, of 58 Rattray Street, Tollcross, died after an incident at the corner of Duke Street and Todd Street, Dennistoun.

Only hours before Peter had been singing with the other members of the group at a wedding. Today his shocked mother, Eileen, spoke of her son's biggest interest, playing with the group Stony Broke around the pubs an social gatherings.


"He loved playing with the band. Last night they had been at a wedding. "Then Peter went for a pint at the Netherfield Bar which was his local. I just don't know how this terrible thing could have happened."

Peter used to work in the East End bar, and only eight months ago lost his eye in an accident when a piece of metal broke off from a beer machine. Last night's incident began shortly after closing time at the Netherfield.


Several men were involved and three including Peter Airlie, received injuries and were taken to the Royal Infirmary. But Peter was dead on arrival at the hospital.

Early today the tragic news was broken in a transatlantic phone call to Peter's two brothers at their homes in Canada.

Peter's father Alex was due to take the family to Canada for his son's wedding in a few weeks. Now the brothers must make the hearbreak trip to Scotland for Peter's funeral.

Two other men injured in last night's incident are still recovering in the Royal Infirmary. And today detectives from the city's Eastern Division are quizzing clients of the Netherfield and other witnesses.

"Our inquiries are continuing along certain lines, said a senior CID officer.

Joanna Dee's

Joanna Dee's night club, August 2005.

These premises have been empty for years and looks in a terrible state. 2012.


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