Pub to turn away pun­ters not wear­ing their pop­pies

Western Daily Press - - News -

A BRIS­TOL pub land­lord has told cus­tomers that they will only be served in his pub if they are wear­ing a poppy this week­end.

Sean Don­nelly, the land­lord of the Three Lions pub in Bedmin­ster, Bris­tol, has long been pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing Remembrance Day, and warned cus­tomers they would be turned away if they weren’t sport­ing a poppy when they came in.

The pub in West Street trans­formed it­self into a gi­ant flag of St Ge­orge for the World Cup this sum­mer, and is in

Bris­tol City sup­port­ers’ heart­land.

Mr Don­nelly said any­one com­ing into the pub would be of­fered the chance to take a poppy in re­turn for a do­na­tion to the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s Poppy Ap­peal, and he had ar­ranged for a range of dif­fer­ent kinds of official pop­pies to be sold at the bar.

The pop­pies the pub is sell­ing all have the 2018 date on – be­cause some sneaky reg­u­lars had dusted off pop­pies from pre­vi­ous years in a bid to avoid mak­ing a fresh do­na­tion.

“We have a se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent ones,” he said.

“It was us who pushed for putting the date on them, peo­ple were wear­ing badges with the pre­vi­ous year on,” he added.

The Three Lions has a bench in the pub gar­den dec­o­rated with a poppy, as well as pa­tri­otic decor at the front.

Mr Don­nelly said the rule only ap­plied for this week­end, to­mor­row and Sun­day, and in­cluded to­mor­row evening when the pub is show­ing the Tony Bellew boxing match on its big screen.

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