A dog trialist’s best friend
It might only be open for two days a year, but when Lowburn’s only bar does open, every man and his dog turns up for a drink. The bar – called Charlie’s after local identity and the bar’s founder Charlie Perriam – is located next to the Lowburn Collie Dog Club headquarters and was opened on Friday and Saturday during the club’s annual sheep dog trials. The bar’s head waiter Bob Perriam said his late father set up the bar in the mid 1950s after he got sick of the dog trialists heading to the Lowburn Hotel for a drink at lunch time and not returning for the afternoon competition. ‘‘So he set it up and it solved the problem,’’ Mr Perriam said. It’s the second Charlie’s bar to be built, after the original one became a victim of the construction of the Clyde dam. So a bigger and better one was built by the club and was made big enough to accommodate the large crowds which flock to Lowburn when it hosts the national championships. The bar also turned out to be a godsend for the club, as it helped fill its coffers each year. Mr Perriam said he could remember helping his dad in the bar when he was only 6 years old, and he has been helping run it ever since, eventually becoming head barman. His daughter, Sarah, has continued the Perriam legacy and now helps him run it as well as organising the bar manager’s licence. Mr Perriam said everyone took a responsible attitude towards drinking and driving, with lots of wives being phoned to come and collect their husbands. And it’s not just dog trialists who use the bar . In 2009 it played host to 200 people attending Charlie Perriam’s wake, Mr Perriam said. ‘‘We had Dad there in his casket and we had an open floor for people to talk about Dad. ‘‘It was just a hilarious time with lots of stories. Charlies’ bar had never been more alive.’’
Family affair: Continuing the legacy of running Charlie’s bar are Charlie Perriam’s son Bob, and Bob’s daughter Sarah. On the wall is a photo of the late Charlie.