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PostSubject: Bodycare UK 'bans Remembrance Day poppies'   Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:07 am

Catherine Barr, an assistant with Bodycare UK for seven years, was astonished when she was ordered to remove the poppy she had worn to work.

“I turned up for work wearing my poppy and was told by management that I couldn’t. I was quite upset and really annoyed, so refused to remove it.”

Mrs Barr, 49, from Hindley, Wigan, said customers in the store in The Galleries shopping centre, Wigan, were equally shocked to see her ordered to remove the emblem.

“I have worn a poppy every year I have worked here, but apparently I shouldn’t have done.”

Because of her refusal an area manager called at the store to inform her it was “against company policy”.

Mrs Barr eventually relented rather than face the prospect of a disciplinary hearing.

But she remains angry about being barred from honouring soldiers who have died in combat. “I can’t imagine a single person would agree with this,” she said.

Local war veterans are saddened by the ban. David Murray, county manager for West Lancashire Royal British Legion, said: "Poppies are there for the remembrance of troops past and present, and it’s always sad when corporate bodies take that sort of stance.”

A spokesman for Bodycare’s parent company, GR and MM Blackledge, said: "Employees are only allowed to wear their uniform, and charitable pins would not be considered part of the uniform.”

The spokesman said the company did not differentiate between charities, having decided to ban all wristbands and charity emblems.

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