Shaggy dog story at former Dalkeith inn

David Knox with the photo of Smurff his Collie/spaniel cross, that he spotted on the fence of the Lugat Inn, Dalkeith, that was being demolished.
David Knox with the photo of Smurff his Collie/spaniel cross, that he spotted on the fence of the Lugat Inn, Dalkeith, that was being demolished.

A FORMER Dalkeith publican had to take paws for thought while leafing through last week’s edition of the Advertiser.

David Knox (67) and his wife Annette ran the Lugton Inn from 1999 to 2007. The hotel was recently demolished, and a photograph of its crumbled remains appeared in our newspaper on February 16.

While inspecting the photograph, to the couple’s astonishment, they spotted what appeared to be an image, or apparition, of their since-deceased dog on a wire fence at the front of the site. Smurfy, a Collie/Spaniel cross, died inside the Lugton Inn in 2005, aged 13. A familiar face in the pub, he is described as having been “a real character.”

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