Cheers: Pubs and clubs win safety awards

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BASE Nightclub has been chosen by police for a top award in recognition of its efforts to promote a safe environment.

And three other local hostelries are among only eight licensed premises in the Borders to have won a Best Bar None accolade at a ceremony on Wednesday night.

The venues chosen stood out for providing a safe environment for patrons, and also assisting police to prevent crime in local pubs and clubs.

Baker Street club Base joined Galashiels’ Indigo Rooms in picking up a gold award.

Proprietor Neil Gillies told the Hawick News: “It’s really nice to be recognised within the trade for all our hard work.

“It’s quite a rigorous criteria that they have so it’s nice to stand out from the crowd and show people that we are a decent place
to come to, and we’re professional.”

Mr Gillies added: “I’m proud of all the hard work of our staff and this award also reflects on our really good clientele.”

The High Street’s Coopers Bar and the Waverley Bar were also successful in the awards, and each claimed silver. Malcolm Cooper said: “It’s good to be seen as a safe bar that looks after their customers.”

The Waverley’s Ian Hope commented: “It’s good to have our efforts to run a good pub acknowledged.”

Bonchester Bridge’s Horse and Hound Country Inn received a bronze award.

Licensees were presented with their awards by Councillor William Archibald, convenor of the Scottish Borders Licensing Board, at the Kings Arms Hotel in Melrose.

Inspector Mike Wynne said: “Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe and to reducing alcohol-related crime. Each recipient has demonstrated a willingness to work alongside police and the local 
uthority to assist with our efforts to protect the public and
ensure a safe environment for patrons.”