A pensioner who demanded that aPoppy which was displayed on a lamp-post outside his home should be removed.

A man who ‘couldn’t give a damn’ about next month’s anniversary has called for a giant poppy outside his home to be taken down.

Councillors Steve Taylor and Malc Gee put the poppy on the lamp-post located on a public highway, but an elderly gentlemen came out of his home and told them to take it down.

The man in his 70s said told the councillors that ‘You can take that away’ and that ‘I couldn’t give a damn. I wasn’t born then. If you put it up then it will be gone by the morning’.

Councillor Taylor said: “We were hanging one poppy onto a lamp-post, in Woodville, so bearing in mind it was on a public highway and not attached to someone’s home, and a woman comes to the window and waves us away.

“Then a man, in his 70s, comes outside [from the same house] and told us: ‘You can take that away.’

“We asked him: ‘Do you know what it is for? It is for the 100th anniversary.

“He said: ‘I couldn’t give a damn. I wasn’t born then. If you put it up then it will be gone by the morning.'”

The poppy was removed.

He added: “We have had buses stop asking if they can have one, and motorists pipping at us.

“The reaction has been fantastic.”

It’s such a shame that people in this country do not pay any respect to those who perished over 100 years ago and the countless more since.

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