A POPULAR pub has defended its decision to close due to the heatwave after receiving negative messages.

The Holt Fleet announced on Saturday, July 16, that it will be closed on Monday and Tuesday this week due to the "welfare of staff and customers".

Despite the well-intended decision, the Holt Heath-based pub shared that it has been receiving private messages from members of the public who feel it is the wrong thing to do.

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A social media post said: " Thank you for all the lovely comments and support regarding our decision to close Monday and Tuesday.

"We have had some private messages sent who think it’s wrong (not brave enough to publicly comment).

"We know we would be very very busy and have a very profitable day. We also know our team would do it if on the rota

"However, we believe that a huge part of our success is because of our team. Without them, we cannot be what we are.

"If you’ve worked in hospitality that’s as busy as we are, you will know that it’s hard work anyway, without putting staff in danger to work in extreme temperatures.

"Sometimes it’s not all about the money, it’s about doing the right thing."

The Facebook post generated lots of public support, with over 2,000 likes and nearly 250 comments.

One comment said: "Absolutely agree with your decision, well done.

"Those people who did not agree with you obviously do not consider the hard work that goes with this type of environment, or have any consideration for other people."

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Temperatures in Worcester reached 36C yesterday, according to the Met Office, and many businesses and schools across the city and beyond made the decision to close or allow working from home.

Temperatures are expected to get even higher today, with highs of 37C predicted between 1pm and 2pm.

The Holt Fleet is a pub based on the banks of the River Severn, just outside the village of Ombersley.