Sir Ian saves the day

Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf
Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf

GANDALF has saved an iconic pub in Southampton.

Last week Goss reported that Sir Ian McKellen had joined the fight to save The Hobbit, a Tolkien-themed pub, following accusations from Hollywood film firm the Saul Zaentz Company (SZC) that it was a copyright infringement.

But former Wiganer Sir Ian, who plays Gandalf in the Lord of The Rings series, and Stephen Fry joined forces and agreed to pay for a copyright licence so it could carry on trading as a themed alehouse,

Actor and presenter Fry, who is in New Zealand working on the forthcoming film of the Hobbit, posted on Twitter: “Ian McKellen and I v pleased that The Hobbit pub appears to be safe.

“Between his Facebook and my tweet I hope we helped common sense prevail.”

Sir Ian previously described the film company’s actions as “unnecessary pettiness” and Stephen said it was “self-defeating bullying.”