Town pubs no longer ‘alright for fighting’

A PUB landlord has told the Rasen Mail how barring numerous troublemakers from his premises has helped to change the business’s fortunes.

Market Rasen may once have had a reputation for pub violence, which led Bernie Taupin and Elton John to write the song Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting, but Martin Scott, landlord of The George in Caistor Road, says those days are now a distant memory.

The Rasen Mail reported last week that Matthew Boswell, of Pelham Road, Claxby, was jailed for 12 months after an assault outside The George in 2009, which saw him barred from the pub for life.

But Mr Scott said many improvements, including a Pubwatch scheme, have seen Market Rasen’s pubs improve in the last few years and violent incidents become a thing of the past.

He said: “When I bar someone they will be banned until the day I leave so they will never be back in here now.

“We have barred numerous people to keep this pub a safe place and to rid The George of its former reputation.

“I think the pubs in Market Rasen in general are a lot better than they used to be, there are a lot less problems.”

And The George has plenty to draw Rasenites to it this coming bank holiday weekend with a rockabilly night this Saturday, April 30, with Relentless, followed by live music in the beer garden this Sunday with local band The Ram Raid.

“They release their new album this week and will be performing in the beer garden and the outside bar will be open and hopefully we will have a nice summer evening from 9pm.”

For more information on upcoming events contact The George on 01673 844296.