THE removal of a once-bustling pub from the streets of Ashby town centre has been described as a 'sad loss'.
The George, in Market Street, closed its doors two years ago and any flittering hopes of it reopening as a drinking venue appear to have been dashed as work to turn it into a betting shop has begun.
The application has still got to be rubber-stamped by council chiefs, but the wheels to turn the historic pub into a gambling premises are already in motion.
Ashby councillor Graham Allman said The George would be missed.
He said: "It is always sad to lose a pub, especially in the town centre.
"It was a very popular pub and it was in a prime location in Market Street. It was well known and favoured as a pub – I drank in there myself for around 50 years.
"But whatever the reason, it wasn't providing what it needed to in order to keep going.
"It didn't do food, which was a big mistake for a pub in the centre."