A 17th century pub has been saved by the village community after lying empty for more than a year.
Villagers at Orleton, near Ludlow, have completed the purchase of the grade II listed Boot Inn, which closed in June 2017.
There had been fears it might have been redeveloped for housing, but the parish council listed it as a ‘community asset’, giving the community first option to buy the pub.
It has now been bought by a ‘community benefit society’ set up to preserve its role as a pub and restaurant, and it is hoped it will be open again by the summer.
It had been on the market advertised with an asking price of £550,000.
Society chairman John Alderman paid tribute to everybody who had supported the campaign.
He said: “We have received invaluable support from so many individuals and organisations without whom our vision to return the Boot to its former glory could not have been achieved.”
Mr Alderman hoped the Boot could now become more than just a pub, operating as a cafe in the daytime and as a meeting place for special interest groups, a venue for festivals.