On the ground that the King William IV, Quorn, was "structurally deficient and redundant", the police this week opposed the renewal of its licence. But the 700 year old inn was saved - at least temporarily. The Loughborough Justices referred the case to the compensating authority.
Mr A H Headley, for the police, pointed out that Quorn, with a population of 3,293 had 15 licensed premises. He said that in 1939 the tenant of the inn undertook either to remove the licence or rebuild the premises within a year.
Last year the licence was renewed for 12 months only. Mr J Rodgers, for the owner of the inn, Mr F A Stenson, said that all that was requested from the justices was a 'breathing space' to enable Mr Stenson to transfer the licence to other premises when they could be found.
He said it would be very distressing if the associations of the licence and name were finished.