Belfast Telegraph

Charity apologises over ‘cover up’ poppy order

By Emily Moulton

A local charity has apologised to staff after a manager asked them to cover up their poppies.

It is understood members were told on Thursday they could wear the red pins, which are worn in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the two world wars and other international conflicts, as long as they were concealed.

DUP MLA Jonathan Bell, who was contacted by staff after the incident, said it left them stunned.

“I was contacted by staff at Extern who were distressed at being ordered to hide their poppies from view,” he said. “I find such an instruction to be deeply offensive.”

It is understood the company, which works with children and adults affected by social exclusion, has apologised to staff both verbally and by email.

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