Ed Sheeran asked for ID for buying beer at Wairarapa pub


Featherston’s Brac and Bow bar manager Debbie Sinclair pictured with Ed Sheeran.
Photo: Delivered

A Wairarapa bar manager’s concerns about a sting operation led her to ask British pop star Ed Sheeran for his ID.

At weekends, Debbie Sinclair was working at Featherston’s Brac and Bow when two men and a woman entered the pub.

At the time, she was unaware that one of those men was 31-year-old Sheeran.

said Sinclair Report tomorrow Sheeran went to the bar and asked her what they had on tap.

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She thought at the time that he looked a bit like the superstar but didn’t say anything to him.

He ordered two Castle Lagers and a bowl of fries.

But because of the man Sheeran had entered the bar with, Sinclair was a little “on edge”.

“As the other guy was, I was like ‘oh my god, is this a sting?’ So I thought, ‘I’m not going to risk it,’ so I said ‘oh, do you have ID?’.”

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“I was just worried that something was going on that was putting me on edge a little bit, so I thought, no, I better do my job.”

Instead of showing his identification, Sheeran pulled out his credit card, which had his name on it.

At the same time, Sinclair’s boss came by to check the map.

As he put his order through the register, Sinclair remarked how much he resembled Sheeran.

Her boss told her, “Debbie… he’s who you think he is.”

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Sinclair, a fan of Sheeran’s, said she was surprised to see him in the pub.

“He was so sweet,” she said.

When she delivered the fries to Sheeran and his group, she asked if he would take a photo with her – to which he agreed before leaving.

Sinclair said that if she hadn’t asked for his ID, she probably wouldn’t have known for sure it was Sheeran in her pub.



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