Clutha Pub crash in Glasgow brings memories of Montreal’s Blue Bird Cafe fire


Sadly the death toll in Friday night’s tragic crash of a police helicopter into a popular Glasgow Pub has risen to nine, and may go higher as the building is searched. The Clutha Vaults Pub, on the banks of the River Clyde (the name is the Latin word for Clyde), is a hotspot for live music, bragging that they have acts every night. It is often frequented by comedian Billy Connolly.

Clutha Vaults Pub, Glasgow
Clutha Vaults Pub, Glasgow

The Pub has been in existence since 1819 and was home to Victoria Cross recipient Jimmy Stokes prior to his heading off to war.

Unfortunately these terrible events occur from time to time; a group of innocent people having a beer and enjoying some music after a week of work are suddenly faced with an horrific situation. For Montrealers incidents of this nature bring back memories of the Blue Bird Café fire over forty years ago that took the lives of 37 people.

The little genealogical research that I’ve done tells me my great-grandparents were Glaswegian and fond of a tipple or two. I imagine it’s possible they raised a glass or two in The Clutha at some point.

Godspeed to all those affected by this tragedy.

MeDCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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