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Mind your language; VOX POP: DRINKERS GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON PUB CHAIN'S BAN ON SWEARING.

Byline: ALAN HARRIS

SWEARING could be banned at some Warwickshire and Coventry pubs in a clampdown on foul-mouthed drinkers.

JD Wetherspoon is considering the radical move at all of its pubs to create a more pleasant atmosphere for customers.

The chain's pubs include The Felix Holt, in Stratford Street, Nuneaton; The Bear and Ragged Staff, in King Street, Bedworth; The Rupert Brooke, Castle Street, Rugby; The Benjamin Satchwell, The Parade, Leamington; and The Thomas Lloyd, in Market Place, Warwick.

The company already has a no-music policy, a ban on dogs, and introduced a partial smoking ban in 1992.

Now the chain is to print messages on menus and place signs at the bar asking drinkers to mind their language.

Foul-mouthed lager louts who refuse to curb their four-letter tirades face being banned from the pub.

Wetherspoons spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "The company is not introducing swear boxes. We will be telling managers to ask people to keep it down and they can ask them to leave the pub if they don't.

"To be honest, any landlord or manager in any pub can do that. However, one of the things that Wetherspoons is looking at doing is using signs similar to the 'No Smoking' ones, saying something along the lines of 'Please Refrain from Swearing'.

"We got a couple of letters from customers saying that they love our pubs but that there is just too much swearing going on.''

Joanna Hughes, who works behind the bar at Nuneaton's Felix Holt, said: "I think these signs will be a good idea. People like to come out for a nice drink and not have to listen to people using bad language at the tops of their voices."

Steve Hirschfield, manager at The Flying Standard, in Trinity Street, Coventry, hadn't been officially informed of the plans and was surprised at the move.

He said the rule was likely to create tension with drinkers but would help remove "trash" from the pub and be better for customers generally.

He said: "I'm shocked because it does seem a pretty big move.

"I think the staff will support the issue because it's just clearing up trash round the pub.

"Because of our prices we do get groups of people all-day drinking.'

'If someone is effing and blinding it can be intrusive and it may be right to say they shouldn't swear at the top of their voice. But it will be almost impossible to enforce a ban.'

Luke Abbott, 21, Ladbroke

'I hardly swear at all because I'm a Christian. It aggravates me and I feel like telling people to stop doing it. I think a ban would be easy to enforce -with persuasion.'

Michelle Tandy, 18, from Keresley

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SUPPORT: Barmaid Joanna Hughes (left) of Nuneaton's Felix Holt joins Steve Hirschfield, of the Flying Standard, in backing the move
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Date:Jun 3, 2003
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