Pub to fine those who men­tion nup­tials

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY JOSH PAYNE

A pub has banned any men­tion of the royal wed­ding to­mor­row – 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.

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.

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.”

She added: “It’s a good way of rais­ing money for char­ity.”

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