IS BAN­TER BILL­BOARD ROW OFF­SIDE?

Wishaw pub’s World Cup pro­mo­tion splits opinion

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

A Wishaw ho­tel has laughed off claims that it is an­tiEnglish.

An ad­ver­tis­ing board on the side of the Com­mer­cial Ho­tel has the World Cup tro­phy along with the phrase #any­oneb­utEng­land.

But the sign prompted a fu­ri­ous re­sponse from Cen­tral Wishaw Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor Bob Burgess, pic­tured, who de­manded own­ers Manorview Ho­tel Group re­move it be­fore tomorrow’s big kick off. He said: “As coun­cil­lor for Wishaw, I am em­bar­rassed that we have a full- size ad­ver­tis­ing board in a prom­i­nent site on Wishaw Main St reet stat­ing #any­oneb­utEng­land. “What does this bill­board ad­ver­tise? The World Cup? No. Not in my opinion.

“This board shows that An­glo­pho­bia and anti- English sen­ti­ment is alive and well in Scot­land and is univer­sally ac­cepted un­der the guise of friendly ban­ter with the Auld En­emy.

“The peo­ple of Wishaw have pro­gres­sive val­ues, are car­ing, tol­er­ant and are wel­com­ing to all. This sign does the peo­ple of Wishaw a dis­ser­vice.

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