Shropshire

Royal British Legion club in Ludlow 'saved'

A Royal British Legion club which has suffered financial difficulties looks set to be saved.

John Spittle, chairman of the legion's Ludlow branch, said officials had agreed to renew Victory House club's licence at a meeting on Thursday.

The chairman has appealed for more residents to use the club, which has been based in Mill Street for 66 years.

Mr Spittle, who became branch chairman in 2000, said use of the club had "gone down over the years".

He said this meant the club, which pays rent to the Royal British Legion, had seen its bar takings and membership fees fall markedly.

"Even on a Saturday night you're lucky if there are 30 or 40 people in," he said.

"I think it's because the older generation are dying out and a lot of people don't realise the club is still here."

Club monitored

Mr Spittle, whose son is also a serviceman, said younger soldiers were away for much of the time so did not use the club.

He added that parking problems outside the building also put people off.

However, the chairman said the club's finances were moving in the "right direction".

"The latest figures show it has started to improve, so it's licence has been granted and the club will continue," he said.

The club's finances will be monitored every three months, he added.

Members of the public can pay a small fee on the door to visit the club or join the legion.

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