What a state of affairs

Sir,

I write in dismay at the two contrasting situations regarding the Foresters Arms in Newthorpe and the Queen’s Head in Watnall.

In Newthorpe, the locals are endeavouring to keep the pub open for the benefit of the community.

The situation with the Queen’s Head is completely different.

A very small number of near-locals appear to have a hidden agenda to close it down.

To reflect on my own experience, with one exception when the marquee was used for a birthday party, I and friends were seated adjacent to the front door outside and conversed at normal volume. The windows were shut on the direction of John Males and Mick, the bar manager, and this was strictly adhered to and the music finished on time.

I suggest when the ones complaining hold their next meeting in a local phone box, they add to their agenda the noise of children and families enjoying limited sunny evenings in the safe and tidy beer garden and play area and agree to switch off the microphones hanging from their various windows, as the only noise you will record will be the rustling of the trees and road traffic.

I travel extensively with my work both in the UK and overseas and as a senior citizen I enjoy a pot or two at the end of a working day. A visit to the Queen’s Head is one I look forward too.

Please allow others to enjoy some social time in a nice environment, thankyou.

Bill Lee

Watnall