In a (near-) revolutionary move, MCC has decided to be considerate about their members’ discomfort, thanks to the uncharacteristic heatwave that is sweeping across the United Kingdom this summer (South England has even hit 35°C). Male members of the historic club can now arrive at the Lord’s Pavilion without the traditional jackets. This is a significant departure from its regulation, which reads ”gentlemen shall wear lounge suits or tailored jacket and trousers, shirt, tie or cravat and shoes with socks.”

There used to guidelines for women as well: “dresses; or skirts or trousers (which may be cropped below the knee) or culottes, with blouses or smart tops, and formal shoes, boots or sandals.”

Now, on July 26, they finally lifted their restriction, and announced the same in a tweet.

MCC later posted a photograph of a ‘jacket-less’ Lord’s Pavilion watching a T20 Blast match between Hampshire and hosts Middlesex.

The incident received mixed reaction from traditionalists…

 

 

… but the turnaround was decent. All was well.