Watch: The team at Aviemore's The Mountain Cafe film emotional plea to government for help

The team at Aviemore's The Mountain Cafe have filmed an emotional video detailing fears they may have to close their doors for good after 16 years due to lack of custom following the coronavirus outbreak if the government don't do more to help..

Published 20th Mar 2020
Updated 20 th Mar 2020

The cafe's owner Kirsten Gilmour and manager Claire Smith explain in the video that they desperately need more help from Boris Johnson's government with business loans not a viable solution for them to keep going during the recently imposed social distancing measures.


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In the video, a visibly upset Kirsten that she has a moral obligation to look after her 20 staff, who she explains are like family to her. Adding that they helped her through some very tough times, she is close to tears as she explains that without help she can't do the same for them.

Sadly, she has since posted on Facebook that they have been forced to close, posting: "With a very broken heart, we have shut the doors to the MC until further notice. We are not sure when we will all be cooking up a storm together again, but I am determined not to lose my awesome wee team & Cafè."

The video mirrors stories up and down the country and shows the horrific effect the virus outbreak has had on small businesses across Scotland and reinforces the message that the government needs to do more.


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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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