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AIBU to expect parents not to drink at sports day?!?!
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KCAREYW1987 · 19/06/2017 15:59

Have just returned from a very hot primary school sports day. A group of parents decided to crack open a few cold cans of pimms at about 11am. AIBU to think that this is totally out of order at a primary school sports day? I mean I know it's not cans of super brew but still I would never dream of watching my little ones in the sack race while getting sloshed in the sun! Would love to hear other opinions on this.

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upperlimit · 20/06/2017 16:27

And my only emotion is slight envy. Sports day is so competitive at our school and I wish it were more of a sit down and chill out affair, either with or without a tent containing alcohol.

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just5morepeas · 20/06/2017 17:03

I just love how defensive people get as soon as alcohol is mentioned. xD

I don't think it's appropriate at a daytime event for children and parents. A soft drinks stand would be a great idea though - and still raise money.

As a child of an alcoholic the knowledge that alcohol was there would have ruined my day despite the fact that my dad was good at hiding it (from outsiders at least).

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Thewolfsjustapuppy · 20/06/2017 17:27

DSs primary school is very working class. Sports day today included Pimms, cream teas and strawberries, and a bunch of parents sidling off behind the bushes for a quick cigarette.

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BunsyGirl · 20/06/2017 17:36

Some people bring champagne for the picnic at my DS' sports day (yes, it's a private school)! I can't see any harm. Sports day is a full day event with parents and grandparents picnicking in the grounds at lunch time. No one gets trashed and no one drink drives. What is the problem?!

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Gingercatsarethebest2017 · 20/06/2017 17:42

I think it's weird but seems like it's quite common!

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brasty · 20/06/2017 17:46

I have never had alcohol at any sports days or other school events. The school did not sell it, and it would not have occurred to me to take any. But if it had been for sale, I would have bought it.

By the way pre mixed pimms is 5.4% alcohol, special brew is 8%. Any sold as a fundraiser for a school will have less alcohol in it than that.

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brasty · 20/06/2017 17:47

And I don't need alcohol. Just like I don't need cream teas and cake. But some things are nice to have. All I remember at school events was weak squash. And lots of boredom.

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BabychamSocialist · 20/06/2017 17:48

Oh I see the fun police have arrived.

A glass of Pimms is not going to turn you into a raging alcoholic. Also, where our school is it's within walking distance of several housing estates (council and private), so nobody's drink driving either.

It's just a nice refreshing drink for during the summer, and the Pimms tent (and cream tea tent) does enough business for us that we're able to keep things like the library and tuck shop open.

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BabychamSocialist · 20/06/2017 17:50

brasty

Even the one that isn't premixed is going to be about 5% ABV by the time you've put the 3 parts Lemonade in it.

I think some of the fun police on here think you just drink it as it comes...

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DagenhamRoundhouse · 20/06/2017 17:54

Wot, no Aperol spritz?

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Parker231 · 20/06/2017 18:22

For those who do not think it is appropriate to have alcohol at a day time event where there are children, does this mean you wouldn't have a drink at home before your DC's go to bed or at a daytime party?

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SherbrookeFosterer · 20/06/2017 18:23

YANBU.

But if people must drink alcohol at such events it should be made clear if they get or even appear drunk, they will never be allowed to forget it.

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Craigie · 20/06/2017 18:33

Chavs.

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mumto2two · 20/06/2017 18:48

Personally 11am is a little early for me, but I certainly don't see anything wrong with it. We had an end of term afternoon picnic last summer, and enjoyed a few pimms & proseccos. As you say, good PTA fundraiser. All very civilised and nobody got sloshed. Yet we still had a few tut tut eyebrow gymnastics from the anti joy brigade...as if drinking gallons of coke and lemonade made them any more virtuous & healthy than we?

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mumto2two · 20/06/2017 19:02

I agree with Jacques comment earlier. It always amazes me how the teenage kids who seem to have the biggest issue in my daughters circle, are the ones with the strict prohibition type parents. We drink regularly, mostly in moderation, but certainly never to the point of being drunk. We openly share wine at dinner, in restaurants and at home, and my daughter is one of the most sensible kids out there. She is often the one who has to help her friends home, ring their parents and find their stuff, because they just can't control themselves and don't know how to handle it. It's a social etiquette like anything else.
I once had an hugely overweight doctor, with sweat dripping down on his face, lecture me on the regularity of my units. Yet I'm 8st and very healthy with an athletes physique and look much younger than my years. In general, it has certainly never done me any harm, and I believe it is more important to have a happy balanced lifestyle.

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pottered · 20/06/2017 19:07

Sounds a good idea to me - our sports day is at the crack of dawn but I'd love to have one with a Pimms tent! Mind you sports brings this out in me

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SentfromHeaven · 20/06/2017 19:08

Live in fear if you drink beer....... All will be fine if you drink wine!!!

Pretty much sums up the class divide in this country!

PIMMS for the MANY not the FEW?!!

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CantGetNoSleeeeeeep · 20/06/2017 19:11

I agree with Craigie Grin

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TheDowagerCuntess · 20/06/2017 19:30

I was a bit Shock reading the OP, it's not something that would happen at our sports day, or any day time school event.

However, I can totally see why some schools might have a Pimms fundraiser in summer, at the end of the year. Sounds fab.

As usual, on these threads, there are a whole heap of people who can't seem to appreciate that a significant majority of people have a perfectly healthy relationship with alcohol - they enjoy it, it oils the wheels, and a drink or two does not equate to getting sloshed, hammered, wasted, etc...

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Roomster101 · 20/06/2017 19:43

It would be far too early for me to drink but I think it is quite a good idea if it raises money. It would be even better if they served non alcoholic cocktails and strawberry and cream. I feel quite jealous that other school do this on sports day as it might have made the day slightly less boring..

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NoPressureNoDiamonds · 20/06/2017 19:57

YANBU. Drinking at your kids sports day is just gross.

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pottered · 20/06/2017 19:59

really? turning sports day into a general PTA fundraiser is not a bad idea - a few snacks for the children, booze and non-booze options, I agree would make things less dull.

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MsJudgemental · 20/06/2017 20:04

Flimflam Are you seriously saying that if you had a can of Pimms at 11.30 you would be incapable of looking after your children at 3.30???

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MrsHathaway · 20/06/2017 20:22

If DH or I had anything alcoholic at 11am we'd be incapable of looking after the DC by 3.30pm as we'd have dozed off Grin

#growingoldgracefully

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BandeauSally · 20/06/2017 20:24

I think Pimms have just found their next marketing campaign. Grin just wait, the next ad will be all about the PTA and how your school needs you 😂

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