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Bridgewater Hall Releases Statement Amidst Poppy Ban Furore

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The Manchester concert hall who banned staff from wearing poppies on Remembrance Sunday have released a statement aiming to clarify their position.  

The statement by a spokesperson for SMG Europe which manages and operates Bridgewater Hall reads:

“SMG Europe is fully supportive and respectful of Remembrance Day. It is regretful that a member of staff misinterpreted our neutral stance on supporting causes and they have since been provided with clarity on our uniform policy. Staff will continue to be encouraged to remember the fallen, as we did with Friday’s two minute silence across our venues and by allowing staff to wear poppies if they choose to.”

It had been reporting by the Manchester Evening News that city centre councillors were urging the concert hall to reconsider their position.

What do you think about the controversy? Should people be allowed to remember the fallen however they please or should a neutral position for everyone be maintained?

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