Pub to fine customers who mention the royal wedding on Saturday

Landlady Anna Dyson-Edge at The Alexandra Hotel in Derby. Photo credit: Josh Payne/PA Wire
Landlady Anna Dyson-Edge at The Alexandra Hotel in Derby. Photo credit: Josh Payne/PA Wire

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.

The Alexandra Hotel in Derby. Photo credit: Josh Payne/PA Wire

The Alexandra Hotel in Derby. Photo credit: Josh Payne/PA Wire

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.

A "Royal Wedding Free Zone" poster displayed at the entrance of The Alexandra Hotel in Derby. Photo credit: Josh Payne/PA Wire

A "Royal Wedding Free Zone" poster displayed at the entrance of The Alexandra Hotel in Derby. Photo credit: Josh Payne/PA Wire

"(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."

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.

A "Royal Wedding Free Zone" poster on display at The Alexandra Hotel in Derby. Photo credit: Josh Payne/PA Wire

A "Royal Wedding Free Zone" poster on display at The Alexandra Hotel in Derby. Photo credit: Josh Payne/PA Wire