Villagers back beleaguered British Legion after music ban

Villagers in Barrowby show their support for the British Legion.
Villagers in Barrowby show their support for the British Legion.
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VILLAGERS in Barrowby showed their support for their British Legion this week as it faces possible closure.

The Barrowby branch is believed to be the oldest in the country, dating back to around 1919.

However, last week the club was barred from hosting live music following complaints and visits to the club by environmental protection officers investigating excessive noise.

Ben Loomes of Barrowby British Legion said: “It’s nice to have the support of so many people in the village - it’s brilliant.

“It just shows the difference it makes to the community.”

The legion has been supported by the local Mencap group which uses the club every Sunday.

Mala Patel of Mencap said: “It’s good for us to have a facility where service users can have a nice, safe and welcoming place.”

Mencap service user John Skelton said: “We have parties here. It’s great.”

A spokesman for SKDC said the council reviewed then varied the licence because of complaints about noise. The spokesman added: “Here at SKDC we want to continue to work closely with the British Legion and we have advised them what work they need to carry out in order to reach a point when we can hopefully see a return to live music.

“The door is still very much open for live music to return if they can address the noise problems.”