14/08/2014 08:52 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Pregnant Teacher Turned Away From Club Because She Wasn't Wearing Heels

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A heavily pregnant woman claims she was refused entry to a club to celebrate her best friend's hen night because she was wearing flat shoes.

Abby Ashcroft, who is eight months pregnant, was told she wasn't welcome at Club Liv on Deansgate, Manchester, because she wasn't wearing heels.

Despite the fact she was on the guest list, Abby says a bouncer told her: "You can't get in here with flats on."

The 28-year-old art teacher and the other nine hens pleaded for her to be allowed in – explaining that she did not want to wear heels because she was pregnant.

But Abby said one staff member, a woman carrying a clipboard, replied: "Fortunately when I was pregnant, I was still able to wear heels. You can't come in."

Abby, who is married and has a two-year-old daughter, blasted the door worker as 'arrogant' and said she felt discriminated against for being pregnant.

She told the Manchester Evening News: "I'm annoyed to say I cried. This woman upset me, I couldn't help it. I'm not an emotional person. I don't really get upset but this shocked me.

"I felt victimised. We were all sober and dressed well. It didn't make sense."

Abby, who lives in Durham, said she had rarely gone on nights out during her pregnancy but decided to travel to Manchester for best pal Gemma Pedersen's hen weekend.

But she told how she was left in tears after being turned away from the club.

Abby, who is expecting another daughter in late September, added: "It made me feel like I didn't belong and should have confined myself to the nursery knitting cardigans for my new arrival rather than supporting my friend. I've never been made to feel like that before during either pregnancy."

Abby intends to complain to bosses at Liv, which opened in April. The club declined to comment.