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Monday 22 December 2014

Bloody Sunday families seek ban on ‘vile’ cocktail

Sundae Bloody Sundae Cocktail being served in London's Adventure Bar, Covent Garden
Sundae Bloody Sundae Cocktail being served in London's Adventure Bar, Covent Garden
Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.
A young Fr Edward Daly (now Bishop Daly) carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers
Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.
30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.
William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.
Lt Col Derek Wilford, the former commander of the members of the Parachute Regiment involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings
A protest parade in was staged in Londonderry in January to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday
Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
St Mary's Church, on the Creggan Estate, during the Requiem Mass for the 13 who died on 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry.
Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
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Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during Bloody Sunday
Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings
Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday. January 1972
Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday. Funeral. Mrs Ita McKinney, 9 months pregnant cries behind the hearse carrying her husband James from St Mary's, Creggan. 2/2/1972.
Michael Kelly who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, which became known as Bloody Sunday
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
JAMES WRAY IN HIS HOME IN THE BOGSIDE DERRY HOLDING THE COAT WITH BULLIET HOLES IN THAT HIS SON ALSO CALLED JAMES WRAY WAS KILLED ON BLOODY SUNDAY
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
The start of a grim day in Derry. Civil Rights marchers make their way through Creggan. They defied a Government ban and headed for Guildhall Square, but were stopped by the Army in William Street. 31/1/1972
Bloody Sunday 1972
Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12
A memorial to those killed on Bloody Sunday in the Bogside area of Derry
The memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark.The service included contributions from Father Michael Canny and Reverend David Latimer, left. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12

Relatives of those killed on Bloody Sunday have said they will seek legal action if necessary to ensure a “vile” cocktail at a London club is removed.

The siblings of those shot dead said they were sickened after hearing about the ‘Sundae Bloody Sundae’ cocktail served up at the Adventure Bar in London’s posh Covent Garden area.

They also rejected an earlier apology issued by a spokesman for the bar.

The icecream-based cocktails are topped with miniature plastic toy soldiers.

A spokesman had claimed that perception in London was “very different” to Northern Ireland while at the same time saying the organisation was “highly apologetic” to those offended.

But the apology was dismissed by those whose lives were devastated by Bloody Sunday.

Kate Nash, whose teenage brother William was one of 14 men and boys shot dead in Derry’s Bogside on January 30, 1972, said yesterday: “Perception is no different there than here, people everywhere are the same.

“Everybody knows what happened on Bloody Sunday was terribly wrong and even the Prime Minister said so.

“It is shocking at how cruel some people can be — who would think up something like this?

“You can understand somebody maybe naming a cocktail without knowing what they were doing, but to put soldier on top — that is obviously a dig at what happened.

“That took a fair amount of thought and it was intended.

“They better not try to apologise to me personally, because I wouldn’t accept it. It’s disgraceful.”

Ms Nash added that she now intended talking to her lawyer over the matter.

“To try and make a joke of Bloody Sunday is laughing at slaughter, at murder,” she said.

John Kelly, whose brother Michael was also one of the teenagers killed on Bloody Sunday, said the families were outraged.

“They should be ashamed of themselves and they should withdraw this immediately from their menu,” he said.

SDLP Foyle MLA Colum Eastwood has written to the bar requesting the drink's removal.

He said: “I think any right-thinking person will be shocked and annoyed that such a drink is being sold in London.”

There was no one available from the Adventure Bar yesterday to respond to the criticism.

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