A group of Morris Dancers were ordered to leave a pub because the bells on their clogs were too noisy.

The 15 members of the Slubbing Billy's dancing troupe  were told to leave the Swan and Three Cygnets in Durham.

Morris dancer Duggs Carre, 45, told the Mirror: “There was no room for argument – we were just kicked out.

“One of our group, in his Morris Dance gear, had just ordered a pint without any problems.

“But two female members came in with the bells on their shoes and a woman member of staff shouted, ‘No bells!’ – and that was it.

“We were told in the strongest possible terms to leave. There were 15 of us all wanting a drink so they lost a fair bit of business. I wouldn’t mind but when you sit down, the bells don’t make any noise.”

The Swan pub has a no music policy. A spokesman for the pub would not comment on the story.