Hats off to Betty - our new columnist

PUBLISHED: 15:08 25 April 2006 | UPDATED: 13:23 04 May 2010

Betty Wilbraham

Betty Wilbraham

RETIRED Ely teacher Betty Wilbraham became an overnight celebrity when pub staff told her to remove her hat because it was a security risk. The 82-year-old WI member struggled to understand the modern day ruling which meant ladies were expected to lunch

RETIRED Ely teacher Betty Wilbraham became an overnight celebrity when pub staff told her to remove her hat because it was a security risk.

The 82-year-old WI member struggled to understand the modern day ruling which meant ladies were expected to "lunch without their hats", and has agreed to pen a regular feature in the Standard, following appearances in national newspapers across the land.

Betty's story - how she was told to take off her elegant black rain hat with its mulberry ribbon because The Hereward pub's CCTV cameras would not be able to see her face - fired the imagination of the media and people around the country, and now she will share her views about modern-day life in a regular column starting in this week's Standard, out Thursday (27).

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