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Fresh look for movie location

Volley spotted getting another makeover

BegbieIt’s the 20th anniversary of the release of the cult movie Trainspotting this week and one of the venues which featured is undergoing another makeover.

The Volunteer Arms in Leith Walk, Edinburgh, was where psychopath Begbie, played by Robert Carlyle, lost the plot while playing a game of pool.

In September 2014 it was given an upmarket new look, and the name – which dated back to 1856 – was scrapped in a £70,000 refurbishment under new ownership which saw it reinvented as a specialist whisky-and-craft-beer establishment. Another big change was that it no longer opened at 7am.

However, it didn’t work and now it is to be relaunched as the Mouse Trap. It will still be a pub, but will apparently be “more fun”, according to someone familiar with the latest change.

Mouse Trap

Sadly, the plaque outside the pub, which told the story of the Volunteers and the pub’s link to Danny Boyle’s movie of the Irvine Welsh novel, was removed in the last changeover. It would be nice to see it replaced.

The pub also had to contend with a fire four years ago which gutted the building. Even so, it remains a place of homage for film fans and people come from all over the world to have a drink there and sample the craic.


Volunteer Arms

In the 1996 film, Begbie, played by Robert Carlyle, goes mental after missing the black ball in a game against Tommy, played by Kevin McKidd, because a “speccy wee gadge” rustles his bag of crisps.

But while the scene was set in The Volley, it was actually shot in a pool hall in Glasgow.

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