A WOMAN celebrating her 89th birthday has received an apology after she was ordered out of a Sheffield pub for flouting its ‘no hat’ policy, which is designed to keep out football hooligans.
Great-grandmother Hilda Nelson was in the Park Hotel in Hillsborough when she was asked by staff to remove the hat, which she wears after losing her hair in hospital. She was with her partner Peter Fisher, 83, and Eric Ramsden, 74, who uses crutches after a hip operation.
“The pub doesn’t like football fans wearing hats, but we hardly look like hooligans,” said Hilda. “I couldn’t believe it at first – in fact I laughed when they asked me to remove my hat the first time because I thought they were joking.”
Hilda added: “I just think the way they treated us is so silly.”
A spokesman for the pub, owned by the Mitchells and Butlers chain, said: “We’d like to offer our sincere apologies to Mrs Nelson and her family for the way in which this situation was handled, and for the embarrassment it caused. We do ask customers to remove headwear in the pub. However our staff should have used their discretion on this occasion.”