Tributes paid following the passing of Tartan Arms’ John McQue

The death last week of Tartan Arms’ licensee John McQue has left a huge void not just in Bannockburn but across the entire trade.

The Tartan Arms was named Sunday Mail Pub of the Year at 2013’s DRAM Awards, an achievement of which John was extremely proud.

John Gemmell, Trading Director at Heineken UK, paid tribute to John, saying, “The family have owned the Tartan Arms for 125 years and John was immensely proud of the role that the pub played in the Bannockburn community.”

He continued, “It was the vibrant hub for all manner of sports clubs, social events, live music and great food. John was also immensely proud of his two pubs of the year awards, albeit they were 38 years apart.

“He was a major supporter of the Licensed Trade, supporting and attending events.John was a long standing customer through Scottish Brewers and on to Heineken UK. He will be greatly missed for his love of life.”

“There are plans to hold a memorial golf event in Aug with proceeds going to the Strathcarron Hospice.”

A huge turn-out is expected at John’s funeral at the Allan Church in Bannockburn on Thursday, June 6.

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