Until the beginning of this year, we lived in the flats behind the pub. For 4 years our weekends were ruined by the discos running until 1am every Saturday and Sunday morning which we could hear in all our rooms even with all the windows closed (2 small children meant our chances of sleeping in the next morning to make up for it were zero). OK, so maybe we shouldn't have bought a flat next to a pub, but then we never imagined it would be open so late and hold ear-splitting discos which the Council was unable to control. When they finally lost their entertainments licence, and applied for permission to build flats we, not surprisingly, wrote to support the application, which is how we knew what was planned. However, we only really belived it would finally be knocked down when one of the guys working on the demolition told us that it was actually coming down - too late for us as it was the week we were moving out ! Still, it's improved the area for all the others who suffered all those sleepless nights !
I came home late one night a couple of years ago to find the Final Furlong cordoned off and surrounded by police cars and an ambulance. I asked one of the policemen what was going on, but he wouldn't say. So I asked if we if we were in any danger (there were so many police there that it seemed far more serious than just a ruck - I thought there was a bomb threat or something) and he just sniggered, pointed at a girl and said, "Not unless you're her boyfriend - she's just tried to cut off his knob."