Former Cornwall council leader back behind the bar in Gweek

Falmouth Packet: Former Cornwall council leader back behind the bar in Gweek Former Cornwall council leader back behind the bar in Gweek

After eight years serving the public as a county councillor Alec Robertson is now back behind a bar serving pub customers. A publican before he entered politics, Mr Robertson has made a return to the trade by taking over the Black Swan at Gweek.

Despite previously vowing not to return to the same industry, he realised taking over the pub was an opportunity too good to miss.

Mr Robertson said: “It’s a business truism that you do what you know. When we came and had a look at the Black Swan we just fell in love with it.

“What really satisfies me in my working life is not just running a business successfully but seeing one that isn’t operating at its full potential and seeing how I can make it better.

“It was really the potential I saw in the Black Swan that excited me.”

Mr Robertson was landlord of the Queen’s Arms at Breage for 12 years, before running the Godolphin Club in Helston at the same time as he was a Cornwall councillor representing Breage and Crowan.

He gave up the Godolphin Club when the council became a unitary authority and he was elected to represent Helston’s north division, and subsequently made leader.

He served for three-and-a-half years until he was ousted in October 2012.

Mr Robertson, pictured, believes his time on the council has made him appreciate being his own boss. He told the Packet: “I’m enjoying it more and finding it more relaxing after my time on the council.

“During my absence from the trade things have changed – it’s a different enough challenge now.”

He added that he enjoyed making his own decisions and implementing them straight away, rather than have to argue an issue through a committee.

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10:45am Wed 29 Jan 14

miss perfect says...

good luck

you will need it
good luck you will need it miss perfect
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4:04pm Wed 29 Jan 14

meerkats says...

miss perfect wrote:
good luck

you will need it
would you care to elaborate on your comment ?
[quote][p][bold]miss perfect[/bold] wrote: good luck you will need it[/p][/quote]would you care to elaborate on your comment ? meerkats
  • Score: -3

4:10pm Wed 29 Jan 14

miss perfect says...

anybody taking over a public house in order to make a living needs good luck
and that is exactly what I have wished the man
are you looking for another meaning or argument, or what?

its simple, i would like to wish the new landlord good luck because he will need it
anybody taking over a public house in order to make a living needs good luck and that is exactly what I have wished the man are you looking for another meaning or argument, or what? its simple, i would like to wish the new landlord good luck because he will need it miss perfect
  • Score: 2

4:18pm Wed 29 Jan 14

meerkats says...

miss perfect wrote:
anybody taking over a public house in order to make a living needs good luck
and that is exactly what I have wished the man
are you looking for another meaning or argument, or what?

its simple, i would like to wish the new landlord good luck because he will need it
No i dont look for arguments ,thats not what these pages are for anyway. Just that your comment was a little brief . Yes the Public House trade faces hardship these days and i hope he can make a go of it , and wish him good luck too.
[quote][p][bold]miss perfect[/bold] wrote: anybody taking over a public house in order to make a living needs good luck and that is exactly what I have wished the man are you looking for another meaning or argument, or what? its simple, i would like to wish the new landlord good luck because he will need it[/p][/quote]No i dont look for arguments ,thats not what these pages are for anyway. Just that your comment was a little brief . Yes the Public House trade faces hardship these days and i hope he can make a go of it , and wish him good luck too. meerkats
  • Score: 0

6:07pm Wed 29 Jan 14

miss perfect says...

how can you wish someone good luck and get the thumbs down ?

sad people on here I think
how can you wish someone good luck and get the thumbs down ? sad people on here I think miss perfect
  • Score: -6

8:00pm Wed 29 Jan 14

meerkats says...

miss perfect wrote:
how can you wish someone good luck and get the thumbs down ?

sad people on here I think
I agree ,but there are a lot of comments on these pages that dont deserve thumbs down.
[quote][p][bold]miss perfect[/bold] wrote: how can you wish someone good luck and get the thumbs down ? sad people on here I think[/p][/quote]I agree ,but there are a lot of comments on these pages that dont deserve thumbs down. meerkats
  • Score: 4

5:53am Thu 30 Jan 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

If Mr Robertson experiences any difficulties in making the business pay, he could always initiate a full JV.
If Mr Robertson experiences any difficulties in making the business pay, he could always initiate a full JV. Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: -1

10:27am Thu 30 Jan 14

miss perfect says...

ooh luck,an interesting comment above but no one apart from the clever dicks have a clue what a full jv is
what nonsense some people write
im sure if he struggles he can call on the vast experience of the woman who has done it all and been everywhere lolo
ooh luck,an interesting comment above but no one apart from the clever dicks have a clue what a full jv is what nonsense some people write im sure if he struggles he can call on the vast experience of the woman who has done it all and been everywhere lolo miss perfect
  • Score: 4

12:05pm Thu 30 Jan 14

meerkats says...

miss perfect wrote:
ooh luck,an interesting comment above but no one apart from the clever dicks have a clue what a full jv is
what nonsense some people write
im sure if he struggles he can call on the vast experience of the woman who has done it all and been everywhere lolo
Perhaps instead of picking on Gill, which by the way is getting increasingly boring ,you could spend your time looking up what a jv is
[quote][p][bold]miss perfect[/bold] wrote: ooh luck,an interesting comment above but no one apart from the clever dicks have a clue what a full jv is what nonsense some people write im sure if he struggles he can call on the vast experience of the woman who has done it all and been everywhere lolo[/p][/quote]Perhaps instead of picking on Gill, which by the way is getting increasingly boring ,you could spend your time looking up what a jv is meerkats
  • Score: 3

3:21pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

The Black Swan, The Seal Sanctuary.... It's all Gweek to me.
The Black Swan, The Seal Sanctuary.... It's all Gweek to me. Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
  • Score: 9

6:57pm Thu 30 Jan 14

miss perfect says...

I am expressing an opinion based on the written opinions of a lady who comments a lot. In my opinion I am not picking on anybody.
why try to be clever and write things in shorthand, only to be told to use a dictionery to find out what it means. that's just silly,in my opinion

and in my opinion not too many people like smart arses
I am expressing an opinion based on the written opinions of a lady who comments a lot. In my opinion I am not picking on anybody. why try to be clever and write things in shorthand, only to be told to use a dictionery to find out what it means. that's just silly,in my opinion and in my opinion not too many people like smart arses miss perfect
  • Score: -9

7:40pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

miss perfect wrote:
I am expressing an opinion based on the written opinions of a lady who comments a lot. In my opinion I am not picking on anybody.
why try to be clever and write things in shorthand, only to be told to use a dictionery to find out what it means. that's just silly,in my opinion

and in my opinion not too many people like smart arses
Maybe if you had posted a civil comment under mine as opposed to saying I write nonsense, and just simply asked me what JV meant I would have afforded you a reply. I am not trying to be anything, least of all clever.
JV simply means Joint Venture, it is something that Mr Robertson wanted to do with the council and BT when he was council leader. It was no secret, it was in the Packet, online and talked about all over Helston. I just assumed most people would know what JV meant in the same way most people know what PO means, post office etc. It means you would get someone else to go in with the business financially.
[quote][p][bold]miss perfect[/bold] wrote: I am expressing an opinion based on the written opinions of a lady who comments a lot. In my opinion I am not picking on anybody. why try to be clever and write things in shorthand, only to be told to use a dictionery to find out what it means. that's just silly,in my opinion and in my opinion not too many people like smart arses[/p][/quote]Maybe if you had posted a civil comment under mine as opposed to saying I write nonsense, and just simply asked me what JV meant I would have afforded you a reply. I am not trying to be anything, least of all clever. JV simply means Joint Venture, it is something that Mr Robertson wanted to do with the council and BT when he was council leader. It was no secret, it was in the Packet, online and talked about all over Helston. I just assumed most people would know what JV meant in the same way most people know what PO means, post office etc. It means you would get someone else to go in with the business financially. Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: 2

7:54pm Thu 30 Jan 14

meerkats says...

miss perfect wrote:
I am expressing an opinion based on the written opinions of a lady who comments a lot. In my opinion I am not picking on anybody.
why try to be clever and write things in shorthand, only to be told to use a dictionery to find out what it means. that's just silly,in my opinion

and in my opinion not too many people like smart arses
Gill is not trying to be clever , she is clever and very knowledgeable ,hence her well written interesting comments. It wasnt shorthand i would say it was an abbreviation . You say Gill comments a lot but you are doing well in that dept yourself ,though Gills comments are relevant to the news article. Mr Robertson seems very positive on the challenges that lie ahead so hopefully he will do well as the new landlord.
[quote][p][bold]miss perfect[/bold] wrote: I am expressing an opinion based on the written opinions of a lady who comments a lot. In my opinion I am not picking on anybody. why try to be clever and write things in shorthand, only to be told to use a dictionery to find out what it means. that's just silly,in my opinion and in my opinion not too many people like smart arses[/p][/quote]Gill is not trying to be clever , she is clever and very knowledgeable ,hence her well written interesting comments. It wasnt shorthand i would say it was an abbreviation . You say Gill comments a lot but you are doing well in that dept yourself ,though Gills comments are relevant to the news article. Mr Robertson seems very positive on the challenges that lie ahead so hopefully he will do well as the new landlord. meerkats
  • Score: -7

9:48pm Thu 30 Jan 14

miss perfect says...

Thankyou that helps everyone to understand
Thankyou that helps everyone to understand miss perfect
  • Score: -3

4:01pm Fri 31 Jan 14

KernBear says...

miss perfect wrote:
Thankyou that helps everyone to understand
By everyone, you mean you!
[quote][p][bold]miss perfect[/bold] wrote: Thankyou that helps everyone to understand[/p][/quote]By everyone, you mean you! KernBear
  • Score: 5

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