Pride flags will be back to Lewisham pub after Twitter outrage

Pride flags are to be returned to the New Cross House windows. Pic: Lilly Khaokham

South-east London pub, the New Cross House, has agreed to reinstate the pride flags which were removed from their windows, after widespread public outrage. 

Lewisham residents including councillors for Deptford and New Cross Gate took to Twitter to express their disapproval of the flag removal with one user saying the removal on February 4 was a “total disregard for the rich diversity of the local community”.

New Cross Gate Labour Party Councillor, Liam Shrivastava, shared his response to the actions on Twitter:

The team at New Cross House had chosen to remove the flags from their windows as pride flags were still on display inside the pub, as well as a mural in the garden, according to their parent company, Greene King.

After the angry reaction from the public, the business has agreed to put a new flag on display at the front door of the pub. 

Greene King told East London Lines: 

“We want our pubs to be warm and friendly places where everyone feels welcome and have been proud to promote Pride in our pubs”.

Chris Withers-Mercieca, Campaigns Officer for the Brockley Labour Party shared:

The flag has yet to return to the front window of the pub as of February 9.

The manager of New Cross House has refused to comment.

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