Landlady Nikki McNulty says the decoration is designed to look like a Christmas present (Picture: SWNS)
A football-free pub is having to turn away England fans because its Christmas decorations look like a St George’s Cross.
The Greyhound Inn in Wilton, Wiltshire, was wrapped in a giant red ribbon for the festive period.
But confused football supporters think it’s a patriotic display for England’s World Cup team and are flocking to the boozer to watch the games – which they don’t show.
At least a dozen fans have already turned up hoping to enjoy a pint in front of the TV, and more are expected on Friday when England plays USA.
Landlady Nikki McNulty, 39, said she’s known as the ‘Crazy Christmas Lady’ due to her decadent displays.
‘As soon as November hits I want to put everything up and make everything really festive,’ she said.
‘Each year I like to do something completely different, so I thought this year I’ll make the pub look like a giant present. Well, that was the plan.
The Greyhound Inn looks equally festive and patriotic (Picture: SWNS)
Mrs McNulty said at least locals are having a ‘giggle’ despite the confusion (Picture: SWNS)
‘The next day it’s all over Facebook and all over the local community group chat saying, “Oh how lovely is it that The Greyhound are supporting the football” so we had to politely say we won’t be showing it.’
Mrs McNulty put up the decorations with her husband Graeme and pub staff on Sunday, all while enjoying a glass of mulled wine or two.
She admitted it does look like the St George’s Cross so can understand the confusion, but at least locals are having ‘a little giggle’.
‘I think it’s quite funny now, looking back,’ she added.
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The Greyhound Inn was wrapped in a giant red ribbon for the festive period, but it looks suspiciously like a St George’s Cross.