CUSTOMERS have been left devastated as a family-run pub in Cowdenbeath has now closed.

The Times reported earlier this morning that the Dunvegan Bar has now shut.

June and Ewan Ross were left with no other choice after being faced with a seven-fold rise in their electricity bill to £43,500 a year, rocketing from the £6,500 sum they previously paid.

They ceased trading at close of business on Wednesday, and made the announcement yesterday (Thursday).

Taking to social media to inform customers, they said: "It has finally happened.

"We shut our doors for the last time at close of business last night (Wednesday).

"We are deeply sorry that we did not give our customers more notice but it was outwith our control with regards to complications with the legalities of the sale.

"We want to thank each and every one of you for your loyal support, custom and friendship over the years we have run the 'Sunny Dunny'.

"We hope the good times and banter we have had will remain with you all.

"We wish you all the very best in life and hope to see you when we are out and about.

"A huge thank you to everyone that came in and wished us well and to say goodbye.

"Lots of love as we will miss you all."

The Facebook post was then inundated with supportive comments from those in the community.

How have customers reacted to the news?

Neil Billinness said: "Lots of good memories made in the Dunvegan, and even though I’ve not been in for a good while, still sad news to read. You were the perfect hosts and there was always a good atmosphere. As well as the best bar lunches in Cowdenbeath. Wishing you both all the very best for the future and whatever you have planned next!"

Graeme Haddow stated: "Sad day for Cowdenbeath. Another great bar and restaurant gone. June and Ewan, I want to wish both of you all the very best going forward."

Richard Flockhart commented: "Sad you had to close but feel lucky to have been there last night for an amazing meal. Good luck for the future."

Pauline Spence said: "All the best for the future. Cowdenbeath won’t be the same without the Sunny Dunny, but have made a lot of memories and good friends over the years that I will never forget. Good luck June and Ewan, going to miss you."

Phil Holmes said: "Good luck to you both in your new life together. You two our now part of Cowdenbeath folklore. Legends that will be fondly remembered for years to come. Thank you both for great times and always welcoming us to the Sunny Dunny."

George Barclay said: "It was the best pub in Cowden with the best owners. June and Ewan, you were always friendly and warm towards customers and your bar lunches were simply the best."