BAR and pub bosses from across Glasgow have organised a planned “ice protest” at George Square tonight.

A letter circulating in the Glasgow Bartenders Club Facebook group reads: “This is the worst day for asking anyone in the trade to do anything, but there’s a protest happening after close tonight in George Square.

No shouting, all distanced, wearing masks. All you need is the contents of your ice machine.

“The bars in Edinburgh are taking all their ice to the front door of the parliament and dumping it there.

“Whatever metaphor you want to pin on this action, it’s your choice.

“It’s a visual representation of how many of us there are, what we are together, and is also substantial while requiring no clean-up.”

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The letter goes on to say: “In Glasgow, we’ve decided to go to George Square. Not to the Chambers, this isn’t a local council issue. But it is the most visible place in Glasgow to make this point.

“So empty your machine into a bin bag or two. Head to George Square after close. Empty your ice onto the pile. Leave.

“We don’t think anyone hanging around after or even talking to any other bar bods while there will look good in light of what we’re protesting. In the same vein, please keep your distance from anyone else taking part and wear a mask.”

Superintendent Stevie Dolan of Greater Glasgow Division said: "We are aware of a planned protest in George Square in Glasgow tonight (Friday, 9 October).

"We have a proportionate and appropriate response in place should this event take place."