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Updated 03/29/2017

 


The Flying Tea-Room of Glendaruel

Glendaruel is a glen in the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.  The tune is named for the once-famous tea-pavilion at the old Glendaruel Hotel.  The closure of the Glendaruel Hotel, a 17th-century coaching inn housing the only local pub, was in particular described as "a body blow." The hotel closed not long after a widely publicized legal case was won by three Polish former employees who had been described as "Polish Slaves" by the hotel proprietors. Over the past two decades a number of facilities within the community have been lost, notable examples include the post office, general store and tea-room.  The tearoom was blown away in a gale storm and was found the next morning dashed to pieces in a neighboring filed thus the name of the tune.