In these days of political correctness, David Litten has brought to our attention what must be one of the daftest things I have heard for a very long time.
Last Saturday the 'Slubbing Billys' morris dancing troupe from Slaithwaite were on tour in Durham when they visited 'The Swan and Three Cygnets'. They were actually dancing in the nearby Market Place and fancied a beer so they retired to the pub, owned by Sam Smiths, for a quick wet. Two of the group were served, but when two of their female members tried, they were asked in no uncertain terms to leave, as the bells on their toes were in contravention of the brewery's no music policy.
Luckily the group managed a pint at a pub round the corner. Surprisingly, no one at 'The Swan' was available for comment. So, if you are around the Sam Smiths pubs of Durham, and start to rattle your change, or your mobile goes off, you could find yourself out on the street - be warned!