It’s one of Blackpool’s last remaining down-to-earth pubs, one with a colourful past and one which will be remembered for its fight against the smoking ban in pubs.
The Crazy Scots Bar has closed and these picture memories go right back to 1997, almost to when it first opened. From fun loving punters enjoying New Year’s Eve to landlord Hamish Howitt’s passionate plea to stop the smoking ban over fears it would kill the pub trade, they wrap up a bar which will always be remembered.
1. Crazy Scots Bar Memories
Crazy Scots Bar - so many memories of a bar which served the pints for 27 years Photo: National World
2. Crazy Scots Bar Memories
A pint n The Crazy Scots Bar, 1997 Photo: Bill Johnson
3. Crazy Scots Bar Memories
Hamish Howitt (centre) and happy smokers at the Happy Scots Bar, Rigby Road, Blackpool. This was when he planned to flout the smoking ban in his pub Photo: Bill Johnson
4. Crazy Scots Bar Memories
Hamish Howitt of the Crazy Scots Bar in 2006 set up a politial party in protest against smoking bans in pubs Photo: submit
5. Crazy Scots Bar Memories
Supporting the Macmillan Windmill Appeal through the World Cup, from left, Derek Howitt, Alex O'Donnell, Steve Franklyn, Steve Morrell, Jo Howitt, Hamish Howitt, Hugh Howitt and Jamie Donaghy, 2002 Photo: Mike Foster
6. Crazy Scots Bar Memories
Owner of the Crazy Scots bar Hamish Howitt, fought a long campaign against the smoking ban in pubs. This is him in 2010 Photo: Rob Lock