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A ancient Scottish pub will modification its identify after its proprietor, Greene King, stated it will offend punters who thought to be it racist.

The Black Whinge, positioned in Linlithgow, West Lothian, used to be built in the seventeenth century and named after a female canine that paperwork part of town’s reliable crest. It still stands as a statue within the town centre.

Local lore dictates that the eponymous greyhound had courageously saved her owner from hunger whilst they had been imprisoned on Linlithgow Loch.

Greene King has now stated it will rename the pub to The Black Hound because of the corporate’s “dedication to being an anti-racist employer”.

The Popular chain said it was concerned revellers may find the original identify offensive, destructive the otherwise “welcoming and inclusive” surroundings.

‘Important determination’

Nick Mackenzie, the chief government at Greene King, said: “that is a very powerful choice to take but we feel strongly that it is the correct one. 

“we’re smartly aware of the pub’s history and the place the identify originates, and so we are choosing a brand new name that also displays the pub’s historical past and will look to hold the coat of hands and images on the pub’s sign.

“we have spent many months reviewing and discussing this as we remember that converting this title will attract a range of perspectives, but as part of our commitment to being an anti-racist organization we would like our pub names to be welcoming and inclusive and that means taking motion while there may be a need to make a positive amendment for the better.”

A making plans application is ready to be submitted to West Lothian Council to officially change the name of the pub.

The move follows the company’s resolution in advance this yr to rename 3 pubs in Suffolk and Berkshire, all known as the Black Boy.

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