A POPULAR BELFAST city centre bar has been forced to apologise after door staff turned away a customer for wearing a Poppy.
The incident happened yesterday evening at the Northern Whig in Bridge Street during a busy night for revellers.
In a message posted on Facebook, management apologised for what was referred to as an “error”.
“We would like to assure everyone that this is not the policy of the Northern Whig and that all our patrons are more than welcome to wear a poppy whilst visiting the Whig,” the post said.
“We have now made sure that all staff are aware of our policy and today’s earlier mistake will not happen again.”
The management added that the situation was due to a member of agency door staff, who had “only recently started working with us”, failing to seek clarification on the bar’s policy regarding poppies.
The apology received more than 850 ‘likes’ from Facebook users in just five hours and many added comments expressing anger at what had happened.
“I would like to assure you that we at the Northern Whig do not discriminate in any way and are more than happy to have any of our patrons wear the poppy as a sign of remembrance,” the post added.
It is not the first time the Northern Whig has had to apologise.
It previously said sorry in November 2009 over a similar incident.