Kibworth pub's marquee blown away by strong winds

The marquee, which has been used by customers over the last three weeks, ended up impaled on the roof of a nearby property - despite being bolted down

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 3:30 pm
The Railway Arms pub on Station Street in Kibworth Beauchamp has been forced to close today after its marquee was blown away by strong winds last night (Monday).

A Harborough village pub has been forced to close today after its marquee was blown away by strong winds last night (Monday).

The Railway Arms pub on Station Street in Kibworth Beauchamp has shut after the freak incident as torrential rain and ferocious winds swept South Leicestershire on Bank Holiday Monday.

The marquee, which has been used by customers over the last three weeks, was ripped free despite being bolted down.

It ended up impaled on the roof of a nearby property on Station Street as firefighters were called out.

The fire and rescue service were alerted just after 7pm.

Local crews battled for over an hour to take the structure apart before lowering it to the ground in dangerous, extremely-challenging conditions last night.

Firefighters also made safe battered guttering on the property.

They also closed an adjoining footpath to protect pedestrians as they carried out the tricky task.

The Railway Arms is now hoping to reopen on Thursday (May 6) after replacing the marquee, which was destroyed in the incident.