Still Game fan opens ‘The Clansman’ in English town where Scots show is loved

A Still Game super fan has fulfilled his “daft” lockdown idea to bring ‘The Clansman’ pub to his English town – and wants the cast to come for a pint

Cliff Morton came up with the plan for a bar dedicated to the cult Scottish comedy after falling in love with the show years ago.

The 47-year-old has transformed the town’s former Viking Club into a Still Game haven with memorabilia, signed scripts and even a bottle of Midori with the label “Reserved for ‘Big Innes’”.

The family friendly bar has a beer garden and can host regular events.

After officially opening three weeks ago following the lockdown make-over, Cliff says The Clansman has already attracted the attention of many in Corby where he says there is a surprisingly large Still Game fanbase.

The Clansman’s bottle of Midori for Big Innes

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“It’s become quite a big thing in the town,” he told the Daily Record.

“We mentioned to the guy who owned the Viking Club that we had the idea.

“It was getting refurbished and I said let’s just go for it. It was just a daft idea.

Still Game fan opens 'The Clansman' in English town where Scots show is loved

Still Game fan opens 'The Clansman' in English town where Scots show is loved
The pub is packed with unique Still Game memorabilia

“The whole of Corby has a massive, massive Still Game fanbase.

“They actually mention Corby in one of the last episodes. So it’s been so well received.

“I got hold of some signed scripts and caricatures and some bar mats.”

Cliff, who launched the newly refurbished bar with his business partner, said many have been stopping by to take a look at the new attraction.

And he is determined to get some of the show’s stars to stop by for a drink.

He said: “People stop to get selfies and have a look around.

“People who have never watched ask lots of questions like why does the mat spell ‘welcome’ wrong?

Still Game fan opens 'The Clansman' in English town where Scots show is loved
People who don’t know Still Game ask why the welcome mat is spelt wrong

“I try to explain it’s like Scotland’s answer to Only Fools and Horses which is massive.

“What I want is for the cast to come down and have a pint. I need to try and get a conversation with any of them and get them to see it.”

Cliff has family in Glasgow and visits often. The Rangers fan has also attended Hampden Park for the Scottish Football Hall of Fame event.

He shares his love for Still Game with his Dad who feel in love with Jack and Victor after watching the live shows.

Still Game fan opens 'The Clansman' in English town where Scots show is loved
Inside the newly refurbished The Clansman

He said: “I have loved it for years. I got the DVD signed for my Dad’s birthday one year.

“There’s other good Scottish comedies like Rab C Nesbitt, but Still Game just nails it.

“I was invited to watch it at the Maryhill Burgh Halls and Sanjeev Kohil was there.

“I introduced my business partner to Still Game years ago and he finally watched it during lockdown and said it was brilliant.”

The Clansman is on Facebook and Twitter.

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