Friends celebrating St George’s day kicked out of pub for wearing England shirts

April 29, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

A group of friends were refused service at a pub because they were wearing England flag t-shirts – and staff feared they were members of the EDL.

Peter Kinselley, 52, went to the boozer with eight pals after work to toast to St George’s Day.

The mates were dressed in patriotic garments including England football shirts, white waistcoats with red crosses and St George’s top hats.

The group of friends who were refused service at the Hobgoblin in Bath because they were wearing St George flats - to celebrate St George’s day

The group of friends who were refused service at the Hobgoblin in Bath because they were wearing St George flats – to celebrate St George’s day

But a barman refused to serve the group of factory workers – and claimed they “looked like trouble”.

The member of staff said he feared they were from the notorious racist group English Defence League – and turned them away.

Peter, from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, said:  “We weren’t being abusive – if we were, I could understand the reason why he didn’t serve us.

“We weren’t singing or shouting or anything like that – we just wanted a drink. I am not racist in any way myself.”

One of the group added: ”We only went in for a quiet pint after work and got dressed up a bit for St George’s Day.

The Hobgoblin pub in Bath, Somerset

The Hobgoblin pub in Bath, Somerset


”What’s wrong with that? Everyone gets green gear on for St Patrick’s Day. But apparently that made us look like racists. It’s ridiculous.”

The group of workmates turned up at the Hobgoblin Pub, in Bath, Somerset, after finishing a shift at the cereal factory at around 9.30pm on April 23.

But the group were left gobsmacked after they were refused a drink and turned away from the bar.

Peter said the group were not “fanatical” about celebrating the patron saint’s day, but that the pub’s attitude had made him more determined to mark the occasion.

He added they had encountered no problems in the other pubs they visited, and that they had not been drunk.

The manager of the Hobgoblin didn’t want to comment.

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