West Lothian Council backs Black Bitch pub name fight

The Black Bitch protest in Linlithgow town centre on Saturday. Photo by Angus Laing.

Suffolk-based pub chain Greene King have branded the name of the 16th century hostelry “racially offensive” and plan to change it to a more politically correct one.

Some suggestions have included the Black Hound but others have included: “The Wearie Drover” – after historic local character Katie Wearie – or simply “The Linlithgow Arms”.

Daid Tait, the town’s SNP councillor, planned to raise a motion at a meeting of the full council but agreed to join with fellow councillors, Labour’s Tom Conn and the Provost ,