A gin shop in one of Britain’s most Christmassy cities has banned modern Christmas songs.
The York Gin shop has banned Maria Carey, Wizzard, Slade, Wham! and even Cliff Richard, Shaky and The Wombles.
Bosses say they’re doing it to help staff morale and customer satisfaction – and because modern songs sound weird in their 16th Century Tudor building.
York was voted the UK’s Most Festive City in 2017.
York Gin Director Emma Godivala said: “We do love Christmas, but we want our gin shop to be a cheese-free zone.
“We’ve tested lots of songs to see which sound okay and which sound weird. And there’s a cut-off in the 1960s. Anything after that has been banned.
“Our lovely team are happy with the decision – they say lots of other shop staff are already going stir crazy with the same Christmas hits being played on a loop.
“That said, if Mariah appeared in the shop, we might just overturn the ban for a while and play All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
The York Gin shop has over 200 songs on its playlist including all the classic Christmas carols, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald – and music from Christmas ballets like The Nutcracker.
Shop manager Sandie Tanner-Smith said: “We’re confident we’ll have the happiest staff and customers around – our playlist is big enough to make sure no-one hears the same Christmas song more than twice in a week. Offering free samples of our award-winning gins always makes for happy customers too!”
York Gin’s Christmas Top 10:
- J.S. Bach, Christmas Oratorio (1734)
- Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker (1892)
- Vivaldi, Four Seasons – Winter (1725)
- Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt (1953)
- Silent Night (1818)
- Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful), 17th Century
- Coventry Carol, 16th Century
- In The Bleak Mid-winter (1906)
- White Christmas, Bing Crosby (1942)
- Baby it’s cold outside, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan (1949)