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Published on June 10th, 2011 | by Dean Carr


Drinks licence sought for Cromarty Firth ferry

An alcohol licence has been sought for a small car ferry that operates on the Cromarty Firth in Ross-shire.


The service the Cromarty Queen provides across the firth was officially launched in May by TV actress Penelope Keith, who has a home in the area.

A report to the Highland Licensing Board said there was room for a small bar on the boat.

It goes onto explain how drinks would only be served during chartered evening cruises of the firth.

In their report, licensing officers did not flagged up any concerns about the application, or recommend any special conditions.

Board members will consider the application on 14 June.

Replacing a smaller vessel that last sailed in 2009, the Cromarty Queen can carry four cars rather than just two.

It was especially built for the short crossing from Cromarty to Nigg.

The vessel is still one of the smallest of its kind in the country and retains the traditional style of a landing craft with a vehicle turntable.

Operator Tom Henderson said he hoped to build on the 13,000 passengers carried in 2009.

In 2008 the Cromarty car ferry was the venue for what organisers claimed was the world’s smallest drive-in cinema.

The 1950s film, The Maggie, was shown on the ferry and tickets were offered to just four passengers.

Source : BBC

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188

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