A BAR in Partick with a “ghastly” past has become a family friendly venue despite concerns from residents.

The Thornwood Bar on Dumbarton Road will now serve breakfast from 9am every weekend and allow children within the premises until 9pm.

Ken Hamilton took over the pub at the end of last year following a series of unfortunate events including an alleged incident of racial prejudice.

The owners appeared before the licensing committee to have the terms of their licence changed.

A representative of the venue said: “My client took over the premises in 2018 and closed it in January to refurbish it.

“There have been some ghastly incidents in the past where a customer was slashed with a bottle for wearing the wrong colours.

“The building had barriers on the windows. My client shut it down and changed the appearance of it.

“The premises are now family friendly and the bars on the windows have been removed. We want to allow children inside the pub until 9pm.”

The pub has also been nominated for three awards in the last six months, but residents still objected to the application on the grounds of its history of violence.

The spokeswoman continued: “There have been no issues of antisocial behaviour since my client took over.

“My client has significant experience in bringing people together.”

The representative was asked to explain how Mr Andrew had succeeded in doing this.

She continued: “My client helps people suffering from loneliness by bringing them together.

“He has been a major player in that line of work for 10 years and has been working in that sector for 30 years.

“Recently he spoke about his work at the Scottish Government.”

Following the discussion members agreed to grant the application.