The Enemy - Tom Clarke Fuming Over Mourning Soldiers' Bar Snub
The Enemy frontman Tom Clarke has slammed staff at a bar in England for banning several British soldiers from entering the venue in their uniforms before a comrade's funeral.
The men were pallbearers at the burial of Corporal Thacker, who died on duty in Afghanistan earlier this month (Jun12), and wanted a beverage before undertaking their duties at the funeral in Coventry on Monday (25Jun12).
The soldiers went to nearby Browns Independent Bar, but were turned away by staff who claimed they did not serve customers in uniform.
The move prompted a backlash online, with 50,000 Facebook.com users calling for a boycott of the venue, leading to an apology from the bar's owner.
Now Clarke, who lives in the city, has taken to Twitter.com to voice his disgust at the snub.
He writes, "I know this will be largely meaningless to the rest of the country, but a bar down the road from us called Browns refused entry to a bunch of soldiers who were attending a funeral the other day because they were wearing uniform. I've always wondered what you have to do for Browns to not look down their nose at you, I've always felt it, but apparently fighting for your country isn't enough either. It's an absolute joke.
"For the record, any soldier who wants to come to my gigs is welcome in uniform or civvies. Browns can swivel."