18th October 2018
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Lerwick Legion will stay open, says committee member

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The Lerwick Legion has scotched rumours it is facing imminent closure ahead of a crunch meeting next week, with one member insisting the social club will remain open “come hell or high water”.

A new committee will be elected at the annual general meeting on Thursday in a bid to help turn round the watering hole’s flagging fortunes.

However committee member Bob Boston insisted the legion still had a future, despite facing a fall in trade.

“It’s the same as any other licensed premises. There are not enough customers to go round. We are finding it difficult to keep our head above water, but a new committee will be elected at our AGM next Thursday,” he said.

“We are quite confident we can turn it around. Come hell or high water, this place is staying open. We have some events coming on and various other things that can make us some more money.”

Recent speculation has held that bar staff there have been denied their wages until the legion is able to pull off its next big event. Mr Boston said those rumours were “one hundred per cent false”.

“We’ve never not paid our bar staff. They get paid every week, and nobody’s ever gone without their wages,” he insisted.

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Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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