SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood has implored people to exercise tolerance around people’s personal decisions on whether or not to wear a remembrance poppy in the run up to the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War on November 11.
The SDLP leader was speaking after the Republic of Ireland and Stoke City star James McClean’s position in sticking to his principles and not wearing a poppy since he left Derry City for Sunderland seven years ago.
Stoke City yesterday issued a statement saying it “respected” the Creggan lad’s decision and a Potters supporters club also called for fans to respect it too even if they don’t agree with it.
The Foyle MLA said: “Surely remembrance is a personal thing. If you want to wear a poppy that’s fine. If you don’t that’s fine too.
“Can we all stop pretending to be offended by other people’s choices.”