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London pub removes "sick" 'Bloody Sundae' cocktail from menu

A London bar has stopped selling a “sick and offensive” cocktail named after one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles following public outcry., writes John Mulgrew

Published 02/06/2013

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.
:Bloody Sunday.
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
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. 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. 29.1.12

The ‘Sundae, Bloody Sundae' drink – which was being served at Adventure Bar in Covent Garden — has now been removed from sale, the bar has said.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed that the “crass and offensive” cocktail was being sold complete with a toy soldier atop a swirl of cream.

Named after Bloody Sunday — in which 14 innocent people were killed as paratroopers opened fire on them in Londonderry in 1972 — it prompted anger and revulsion among relatives of those killed.

In a statement on the pub’s Twitter page, Adventure Bar said it “would like to again apologise unreservedly to everyone offended by the cocktail ‘Sundae Bloody Sundae’”.

“It was never our intention to offend anyone and to clarify, we removed the drink from sale permanently on Tuesday.”

Relatives of those killed on Bloody Sunday had said they would seek legal action if necessary to ensure the “vile” cocktail at the London club was removed from sale.

After being contacted by the Belfast Telegraph last week, a spokesman for the bar then claimed that perception in London was “very different” to Northern Ireland while at the same time saying the organisation was “highly apologetic”.

The SDLP's Colum Eastwood, a long-time supporter of the Bloody Sunday families, had also called for the bar to remove the drink from its menu.

Belfast man Adam McGibbon (25), who noticed the cocktails on sale, said he couldn't believe the bar was serving the ice-cream based drink.

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