HMS Edinburgh sailors barred from pub for wearing uniforms

The Ensign Ewart pub in Edinburgh
The Ensign Ewart pub in Edinburgh
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Sailors from a Portsmouth ship were banned from a pub - for wearing their naval uniforms.

In THEIR best dress uniforms, the crew of Portsmouth-based HMS Edinburgh celebrated being awarded the freedom of the city by marching in front of cheering crowds in Scotland’s capital.

But despite being told sailors in their uniforms would be served in pubs, one premises barred the smartly dressed servicemen.

Around 250 officers and other service personnel from HMS Edinburgh marched through the city, led by a navy brass band and drummers, to mark the decommissioning of the 30-year-old ship.

But staff at the Ensign Ewart pub refused to serve those dressed in uniform.

A Royal Navy spokeswoman said the men were not breaking any rules.

She said normally crew would not be allowed to go out and drink wearing their uniforms, but because of the parade they had been given approval.

A spokeswoman for the Ensign Ewart claimed staff had been following licensing regulations, which she said made it illegal to serve people in full dress uniform.

She said: ‘We work within the confines of licensing laws.’

The City of Edinburgh Council officials said there were no licensing laws banning people in military uniform from being served alcohol, and although in the past such a ban had applied to policemen, that law was no longer in force.

HMS Edinburgh is currently on a farewell trip around the UK, before she will be embarking upon her final entry in to Portsmouth on May 31.