No Secrets from The People

Would You Like To See Them Behind The Bar In Your Local? simpered the Sunday People, who ran the picture when the man on the left won a landlord of the year competition.

The Sunday People giggled on: “Which makes on wonder what is happening to the traditional English pub.”

For Ken Pilling, the landlord of the Merchants Hotel in Blackburn, Lancashire is gay and makes no secret of the fact. And the People giggled “some of his barmen are the same way.”

Ken told the newspaper: “I’ve always been completely frank about myself. Fellows out for a stag night come in and laugh at us. But my barmen have a quick answer for any joker, and these lads who come for laughs return as regulars.”

Ken started a pub football team and their opponents taunted: “We’re playing a bunch of fairies.” Ken’s lads thrashed them 16 to 2.

“There’s not a homosexual among them,” he says. “People thought everyone who came in here would be bent.”

The People snickered: “A lot of people would, no doubt, be put off by Ken’s scene. But certainly his sexually – normal regulars are full of praise.”

Before he took over the Merchant’s Hotel, Ken was an Army drill instructor and the pub was run down. Now its turnover is more than £1,000 a week.

The 500-pub Lion brewery, which owns the Merchants says Ken won the award as the “Licensee who made the most effort personally to improve his pub atmosphere, by way of added attractions, customer relationship and genuine desire for his customers’ welfare.”

Being all of that won Ken a weekend in Paris – “Gay Paree” to the People.

Gay Dentist Banned

Picture has been edited as the age of the subject is not clear.SOUTHPORT: A dentist has been banned from practicing as a dentist because he is gay, and the General Dental Council’s disciplinary committee in London admit that he has never behaved in “anything but a skilled and professional manner in the surgery.”

The dentist, who has been deprived of his livelihood for his off-duty life, came to the disciplinary committee’s attention when he was convicted of a sex ‘offence’ at Preston in May.

The gay dentist, who is 48 years old, was said to be a homosexual by his defence counsel, who added that the had undergone treatment for his gayness since the conviction before last, which was in 1967.

The defence counsel said: “The offence committed in May this year was an isolated breakdown.”

The dentist is given 28 days to appeal against the committee’s decision. If he does not, his name will be erased from the dentist’s register and he will be out of work.