Belfast Telegraph

Home News UK

Pub to fine customers who mention the royal wedding on Saturday

The Alexandra Hotel in Derby reintroduced the idea after raising £400 from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.

A pub has banned any mention of the royal wedding on Saturday – with a “swear” box installed for anyone who talks about the ceremony.

The Alexandra Hotel in Derby reintroduced the idea after fines raised £400 during Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011.

Landlady Anna Dyson-Edge said regulars were “sick of hearing” about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding so she decided to put posters up around the pub of the couple with a red cross through it.

bpanews_0011edf0-b8dc-493a-b424-2226f1d020a3_embedded236551684
Royal Wedding preparations

The posters read: “Royal Wedding Free Zone! Please refrain from discussing the Royal Wedding. We’re not interested in it, let’s talk about beer or the weather instead – or something more interesting…”

Any pub-goer who mentions the wedding will be required to pay money into the charity box – with all funds going to the Nightingale Cancer Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital.

The regulars came in and said they are sick of hearing about it Landlady Anna Dyson-Edge

Anna, who has been landlady of the pub for eight years, said: “We banned any mention of the event when William and Kate got married and we managed to raise £400. It isn’t the regulars who get caught out, it’s mainly people who pop in for the first time.

“(The idea) came from the regulars for William and Kate’s wedding and this one is the same – the regulars came in and said they are sick of hearing about it.

“So we have banned it and it’s a good way of raising money for charity.”

bpanews_0011edf0-b8dc-493a-b424-2226f1d020a3_embedded236551640
Royal Wedding preparations

Asked about where the money will go to, Anna said: “The money is going to the Nightingale cancer unit. My granddad passed away there in 2011 so it’s a charity close to my heart.”

Despite the plan to ban any mention of the wedding, Anna stressed that she was not anti-royal – with the unusual initiative being “any opportunity to raise some money” for the charity.

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph