We’d like our bench back - it’s well used!

staff & customers of Larachmhor Tavern campaigning for the return of an old bench that sat outside the pub and was removed by Fife Council - at the Larachmhor Tavern, Midshore, Pittenweem
staff & customers of Larachmhor Tavern campaigning for the return of an old bench that sat outside the pub and was removed by Fife Council - at the Larachmhor Tavern, Midshore, Pittenweem

The landlord of an East Neuk pub is calling for a bench which has sat outside the building for 70 years to be reinstated after it was removed last week by Fife Council.

Alex Bowman, who owns the Larachmhor Tavern on Midshore, was left furious after Council staff removed the bench, which was donated to the village by an unknown benefactor, last Wednesday morning.

However, Fife Council said it had to remove it after complaints were received about a lack of space on the pavement.

Mr Bowman, who has been landlord of the pub for three years, said: “I’m absolutely furious. I wasn’t given any warning that this was going to happen.

“All the Council asked me to do was remove the bolts which attached the bench to the wall outside in case they needed access to a man hole which sits underneath, and that was months ago - but they didn’t mention anything about taking it away.

“When I asked them why they were taking it away, and told them they had no right to, they just said they were doing what they had been told to do.”

He added: “It’s just a load of nonsense. The bench has sat there for 70 years, and now, all of a sudden, there’s a problem? It’s just so silly and petty.

“There are a lot of old people who used the bench to have a rest after walking up the wynd, and there are physically disabled people who come to the pub who use it too. What are they meant to do now?

“I actually had a older guy who comes to the pub a lot who was in tears when he found out it had been taken away.

“I don’t understand it - there are other benches along the harbour, and in Anstruther, they have benches and shop signs out on the pavement, so why remove this?”

Mr Bowman is now calling on Fife Council to reinstate the bench to its previous position.