ROAD closures were lifted so a village pub could keep its tills ringing in April 1965.

Les Baldwin, landlord of the Lamb Inn in Bladon, near Woodstock, complained after 'no entry' and 'road closed' signs in three of the village's main routes ruined his trade over the Easter weekend.

As a compromise, the roads were left open during licensing hours, with punters flocking back to the pub.

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Mr Baldwin said at least one road into the village - and to his pub - should be left open during the afternoon, so they could serve visitors 'refreshments'.

He even managed to ensure one of the signs was changed to 'No entry except to Lamb Inn patrons'.