An Irish bar ejected a number of people on Remembrance Sunday because they were wearing poppies, it has been claimed.
Staff at Bar 32, on Midland Road, Luton, allegedly gave a number of patrons an ultimatum to remove their poppies or leave the venue at 2.30am on Sunday morning.
The pub’s Facebook page has been flooded with angry posts.
Paul Harman said: “Got told to remove my poppy or get out! Absolute disgrace of a bar.
“One of the reasons your bar is even allowed to exist is due to the sacrifice of many brave souls and this is how you treat them.”
Robert Rose added: “Friends and I were asked to leave for wearing poppies! Absolutely disgraceful.”
Last night a small group of protestors gathered outside the bar to air their grievances, but they were stopped from entering by police.
A Beds Police spokesperson said: “We were called at approximately 6.30pm yesterday (Sunday) to reports of a threats being made against Bar 32 in Luton, following a dispute in the bar earlier that day.
“Later that evening, a protest was held outside the bar, again linked to the earlier dispute.
“Officers attended to ensure that the protest ran smoothly.
“A police investigation is currently underway into the both dispute and the subsequent threats.”
In response to the outcry a post on the pub’s Facebook page read: “Ha ha if I offended people tonight (good) for wearing the flower of (terrorist)”.
Another read: “Am (sic) in IRA”.
The messages have now been taken down.
A month ago the same page promoted an ‘Ulster Bomber’ drink available at the bar.
In August 1998 a Real IRA car bombing in Omagh, County Tyrone (Ulster), killed 29 people.
The Luton News has contacted the bar for comment.