20% of pubs in the South of Scotland have closed in the past 5 years, according to a new report.
The findings published by brewer Molson Coors show that in the Scottish Borders, 18 pubs have closed since 2007. In Dumfries and Galloway, 17 pubs have closed in that time.
The report also highlighted the importance of pubs in local communities, saying a third of Scots visit their local twice a month,
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont said: “It is undoubtedly worrying that so many pubs in the Borders have had to shut over the past five years.
"A fifth of pubs we had five years ago are now shut and many which are still in business are having to work harder and harder just to stay afloat. Pubs can be of great importance in some local communities, acting as a meeting place for people to catch up and socialise.
"With so many Scots visiting their pubs on a regular basis it is clearly important that we give them our support so they can remain open for years to come.
"Pubs are also vital employers, offering opportunities in a climate when many people are finding it hard to gain a job. With over 50,000 jobs and generating £1.5bn of our national GDP in Scotland, the beer and pub industry is vital to our local and national economy.”