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Protest After Claims Former Soldier Turned Away From York Bar Due to Scars


2:23pm 31st March 2014
(Updated 2:57pm 31st March 2014)

A protest will be held in York after claims a former soldier was turned away from a bar in the city due to scars on his face.

James Dalby and his friends say that a doorman at Yates' turned him away due to scars on his face, which were caused when he was involved in an explosion caused by a road side bomb while serving in Afghanistan.

James' friend Matt Rayner gives Minster FM his account of what happened on Saturday night.

Matt put up a post on Facebook criticising what had happened, which has now been shared more than nine hundred times.

The story of what happened has also been shared widely on Twitter and Facebook, with many armed forces groups discussing it.

A protest has now been planned for York on the 26th April by the "Boycott Yates York For Turning Away An Injured Service Man" group.

Former soldier James, who was discharged from the army for medical reasons related to his time in Afghanistan, says he's been overwhelmed by all the support.


A spokesperson for Yates’s York said:

“We can confirm that a group of customers were refused entry at one of our sites because they did not meet the dress code in place for that evening which applies to the wearing of sportswear/hooded tops. This dress code is in operation on all weekend nights and applies to everyone for their safety and to comply with our licencing conditions.

“As a business we have a long standing relationship with not only Help for Heroes but a number of forces charities.  The Yates' businesses alone raised over £125,000 for Help for Heroes during its 125 year birthday event which is being used to help create a new rehabilitation area at Headley Court. In addition we are part of a wider agreement with the Ministry of Defence that guarantees any soldier, airman or sailor who leaves the forces an interview at one of our premises. We are very proud and supportive of all our forces and welcome their personnel across the country in all of our 625 sites.”

We're waiting to hear back from Phoenix Security, who provide door staff for Yates'.

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