Stirling MP Alyn Smith has praised the work of the owners and staff at the Linden Inn, one of the many hospitality businesses in the area forced to close due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In the days leading up to their closure, the Linden Inn put together a large number of care bags, filled with essential groceries. These were available for people to pick up, or were delivered to vulnerable people in the local community.
Mr Smith met with Linden Inn owners, Alan and Claire, to talk to them about the challenges facing businesses that are forced to close, and to thank them for the work they have been doing to support the local community during this crisis.
Commenting, Alyn Smith Said:
‘This really is a touching story. Alan and Claire have completely revamped the Linden Inn into a great wee pub/restaurant in the local area. They both recognise that is the support that the local community has shown their business that has helped built it into the success that it is, and they have been determined to ensure that they’re doing their built to support those that need it in the local community.
‘I wanted to thank Claire and Alan for the work they’ve done, and to thank local shops such as Waitrose and the Cooperative, who I know have provided important donations of good for these care bags.
‘The Linden Inn were trialling a delivery service for their hot meals, which was an innovative way of keeping business going. However, supply issues have meant that they’ve sadly had to close for the time being.
‘This is a great local business, run by a great team, and I hope to see their doors back open as soon as it’s safe and possible to do so.‘