Her­cules the bear pub shuts down

The Herald - - NEWS -

A PUB made fa­mous by Her­cules, the wrestling griz­zly bear, has closed.

Thou­sands of peo­ple flocked to the Sher­iff­muir Inn, near Dun­blane, Perthshire, in the 1970s and 80s to see Her­cules wres­tle with its owner Andy Robin.

The 8ft, 70-stone bear, which was named the Scot­tish Tourist Board’s per­son­al­ity of the year, also ap­peared in movies, in­clud­ing James Bond film Oc­to­pussy, be­fore he died in 2001.

Own­ers Ge­off and Moira Cook said they were tak­ing “a few days off” af­ter Hog­manay, but have now an­nounced they have ceased trad­ing af­ter 11 years in charge, due to their “fi­nan­cial po­si­tion”.

In a state­ment, they said that “due to our cur­rent fi­nan­cial po­si­tion we have ceased trad­ing at the Sher­iff­muir Inn. Ge­off, Moira and fam­ily would like to thank all their very loyal cus­tomers.”

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