An East Kilbride pub opens its doors for the first time in more than eight months today - just in time for Scotland kicking-off their Euro 2020 campaign.

The Village Inn has not only battled the effects of Covid but has also had to deal with a huge flood in February which meant they were unable to open in May as initially planned.

But with a refurb complete, the staff and their customers will cheer on Scotland when they take on the Czech Republic at Hampden this afternoon, before facing the Auld Enemy on Friday.

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Availability will be on a first come, first served basis, rather than bookings, with some restrictions still in place.

The Village Inn has had a massive refurb ahead of reopening in time for the Euros

Landlord, Paul Jardine, told Lanarkshire Live: "It's mixed emotions as we haven't opened our doors since the beginning of October and are about the last in the Village to do so. There is a bit of trepidation there.

"Our plans for a beer garden were knocked back so it meant we couldn't open when some of the others did.

"Then we had a massive flood in February from the gents toilets which meant we have had to absolutely gut the place - it had to be taken back to the brick walls near enough and the cellar was under three or four feet of water.

"But the place is looking great, we had to renew everything from the carpets to the TV's.

"And we came up with idea to have a message board in the ladies' toilets rather than putting up pictures. Folk can send us funny or moving quotes, or just something that has meaning for them. We can't lie, there has been a few colourful ones too!

Scotland take on the Czech Republic at Hampden

He went on: "But the day is finally here where we can welcome back customers - that's what we hare looking forward to the most, seeing all our customers again.

"We had more than 400 messages asking if people could book a table - although we decided not to go down that route - so folk clearly can't wait to get back.

"Everyone will be cheering on Scotland today and even more so on Friday and we really want them to do well, especially since it's the first time they have made a major tournament in 25 years."

The Village in will be operating with a reduced capacity of 79 people downstairs and 60 upstairs.

Paul added: "Under normal circumstances the pub would be heaving but we are all determined to make the re-opening special and hopefully Scotland get a good result to boot.

"We will need to go back to tier zero, really, before we can operate as normal. The last four weeks we were open last year we lost thousands of pounds and if we wash our faces in the coming weeks I'll be happy.

"But the main thing is we are open again and we will make the best of it after what's been a horrendous time for everyone."

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