Crook Inn £25,000 boost

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THE CAMPAIGN to save the historic Crook Inn in Tweedsmuir received a boost this week when a Clyde wind farm pledged £25,000.

Locals are trying to buy the former coaching inn from owner James Doonan and have until the end of the year to raise £160,000.

Tweedsmuir Community Company (TCC) director James Welch welcomed the latest help, saying: “The campaign to save the Crook Inn is gathering momentum and the support to date from SSE Renewables has been critical through sponsoring activities such as the music festival and supporting our long-term plans through the Clyde Wind Farm fund.”

Local MP David Mundell said he was ‘delighted’, adding: “This important local project is all about restoring ‘the Crook’ as the heart of the community once more, and at the same time providing jobs and preserving history, and this latest grant brings that dream one step closer.”

TCC is about to launch a flier and letters campaign to raise the last £60,000.