Since 1984, like many locals, I regularly appreciated the food, drink and atmosphere at the Ropsley Fox with friends, family and colleagues.
Unfortunately, it deteriorated and closed; but I was delighted when it re-opened in 2010 and we thoroughly enjoyed the excellent food, drink and occasional live music there for a while until circumstances forced another closure.
I was, however, rather surprised by the language used in the latest Journal report about the possible future of the Ropsley Fox: “Fury” (over a planning application). “Fury” actually means “violent or uncontrolled anger”: and to be “outraged” is “to express profound anger caused by a wantonly vicious or cruel act”. I cannot believe that Ropsley residents would actually give vent to violent or uncontrolled anger upon the owner or, indeed, that the owner, Dave Smith, who tried, sadly, unsuccessfully, to resurrect the pub, would deliberately inflict a wantonly vicious or cruel act upon Ropsley residents.
If Ropsley residents really wanted to keep the Ropsley Fox as a viable pub, perhaps more appropriate language would be: “Use it or lose it”.