Members of a suburban Conservative club have vowed to curb their high spirits after an application to extend opening hours nearly fell foul of their rowdy behaviour.
The committee of Erdington Conservative Club in Birmingham thought that with an average age of 65 and some members well into their 80s, the local licensing committee would grant them an extension without much trouble.
But they reckoned without 21 objections from some locals in the residential area who tut-tutted at the sound of late-night discos and karaokes plus noise as the club emptied after last orders.
The protests came to light when the club applied to Birmingham City Council to open its members' bar until midnight and allow an extra half-an-hour for drinkers in the patriotically- named Churchill function suite.
It also wanted an early opening time of 10am to cater for funeral parties.
Val Cooke, who has been secretary of the Orphanage Road club for 18 months, said: "We had no idea until we had the letter from our solicitors with the objections in.
"We hadn't had any complaints at all until these objections. We like to do things properly and keep everybody happy."
In other areas, the club, which dates back 98 years, is a model of old-fashioned values.
Although its jacket and tie dress code and men-only bars may have gone, smart clothes are still a requirement.
Prospective members, some of whom may want to take advantage of a genteel game of bowls on the adjoining green, are still asked whether they vote Tory, although an answer is not obligatory.
So, in a spirit of cooperation, a meeting with residents was organised and an agreement was reached.
The club has agreed to introduce noise limiters on hi- fi equipment and microphones while local taxi firms have been notified and told not to use their horns to alert revellers that it is time to go home.
Mrs Cooke said it showed the benefits of talking and that city centre bars in similar situations should take note.
"At first, the residents came in a bit ready for a fight but, by the end of it, we had come to a compromise," she said.