Wetherspoon pub is decorated with Union Jacks because the flag of St George 'might offend people'
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Weheey! I thought we weren't going to get one this year!
Dental nurse Sam Gurney, 29, said she was 'gobsmacked' after she saw the St George's Day promotion while drinking with friends at the JD Wetherspoon pub.
She said: 'Being quite a patriotic person, I thought "Oh my God, why have they got the Union Jack instead of the St George?"
'I asked the manager and she said, "don’t go there". Apparently it was the Union Jack or nothing - I was completely gobsmacked.
'She said the policy was there because of fears the St George’s flag might offend people, which is just political correctness gone mad.
'It annoys me because when it was St Patrick’s Day, they made a big deal out of it flying Irish flags, hats and shamrocks but yet we can’t celebrate our national day.
'The Union Jack doesn’t make sense as Scotland are voting to break away. I’m pretty sure they won’t be flying it on St Andrew’s Day or St David’s Day.'
Pub manager Hayley Bates said she understands why drinkers have questioned the decision to use the Union Jack, but said the pub had always used those flags.
She said: 'I can see her point, but we have always used the Union Jack to celebrate St George’s Day and it has never been an issue before.
'She started questioning it and she also said we should make a bigger deal out of St George’s Day than St Patrick’s, which I agree with.
'But I’ve been at Wetherspoons for eight years and nothing has changed in that time.'
A JD Wetherspoon spokeswoman denied the Union Jack flags were put up through fear of offending customers with the English national flag.
She said: 'They have got St George's flags up now, they were put up today.
'It was something which was done every year, it was the decorations they always had.
'Nobody had ever pointed it out before, so now they have changed the decorations. We like to please our customers.'