Bulldoze plans for famous pub

The Jaggy Thistle, York Street, Blackpool.
The Jaggy Thistle, York Street, Blackpool.
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BLACKPOOL’S famous Scottish-themed Jaggy Thistle pub is to be razed to the ground.

Long closed, the infamous watering hole was once named as one of Britain’s 50 roughest pubs.

Now, the York Street building has been earmarked for homes – but its short-term future looks set to be as a car park.

Developer Simon Rigby said: “Being named the 50th roughest pub in the country seemed to give it a sense of immortality, but the intention is to take it down.

“We want to build flats with parking underneath when the market gets better, and in the meantime it’s hoped to use it as a car park.”

Mr Rigby, the entrepreneur who owns biomass energy provider Farmgen, property and a number of restaurants, added: “I’m sure in its heyday it was a very attractive destination, but I’ve only seen it since it’s gone to seed. It’s been closed a long time now.

“I think it’s the best thing for it – in seriousness, being one of the country’s roughest pubs is not really something to be proud of.”

Rough Pub Guide co-author Paul Moody joked he felt “lucky to be alive” when leaving the Thistle.

He wrote: “People don’t want to pay £8 for a bottle of lager in a wine bar and we believe the best nights out you can have are in a local pub with your mates.

“The Jaggy is the perfect example.”

Alan Ogden, then landlord, said at the time: “When companies take pubs over and refurbish them they lose their character but this is just the way our locals like it.

“It’s a bit rough and ready sometimes, I suppose.

“But then not everybody who comes here is rough.”