June 25, 2018
A Sikh shop owner in Ilford has received abuse for flying the St George’s flag outside his shop to show support for England at the World Cup.
The shopkeeper received an anonymous, handwritten letter written in broken English saying he had forgotten his motherland and should be flying a different flag instead – but he says it only makes him want to fly the English flag even more.
“We are a family business that my father started over 30 years ago,” he said.
“He has lived in this country for around 40 years and we love this country otherwise we wouldn’t be here.
“Supporting England during the football is enjoyable and all part of the fun – and some people seem to think it is wrong for us to do because we are Indian?
“It is shocking how backward minded people think that by supporting the country you live in you will be dishonouring our religion or insulting India.
“These are the wrong people, not the ones who enjoy being part of the English culture.”
Well said, Sir.
This article was posted: Monday, June 25, 2018 at 6:16 am