British Pubs Ban Drinkers From Wearing Christmas Sweaters

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The landlord of a British pub has banned Christmas sweaters from his establishments in an effort to stop rowdy drinkers from making life difficult for others. Either that or he is a complete wet blanket and doesn’t want anyone to have any seasonal fun.

Alan Murphy, who operates three bars in Hull, thinks that a more Scrooge-like dress code will deter those full of the festive spirit from  over-crowding his premises and causing queues at the bar.

Anyone wearing Christmas sweaters or other seasonal fancy outfits will be refused admission after 8 p.m. to avoid ruining his pubs’ "tranquil" atmosphere. These rules apply to Alan's city centre pubs - The Lion and Key, Hawkes and Walters.

"We don't want 15 lads all dressed in Christmas jumpers making a beeline for the bar and making life difficult for others," says Murphy. "There are much larger pubs which can hold 400 to 500 who are happy to allow large groups in."

A bar in Bradford has instituted similar rules to stop customers from wearing Christmas sweaters in the evening. According to the Daily Telegraph, Keith Wildman, who owns The Record Cafe, said that he doesn't want "lads who go out to get smashed" ruining the ambience.

"It is about preserving the atmosphere. They upset the staff, they upset the customers," said Wildman. "The jumpers were mildly funny 6 years ago but now they are not."

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