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Sikh Shopkeeper Who Was Told To Take Down England Flags Puts More Up Instead

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Sikh Shopkeeper Who Was Told To Take Down England Flags Puts More Up Instead

Remember the Sikh shopkeeper who got the hateful note telling him he had the 'wrong flag' up outside his shop after he hung the St George's Cross? Well, he's not letting it get him down and has gone and put up even more flags.

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Sagan Mangat, director at GMS Heating & Plumbing Ltd, told the BBC: "I know I'm Indian but I'm also English. It's got nothing to do with what football team I support."

Dalvinder Singh, who also works at GMS, added: "We did put all the flags up and we are very, very proud of it because we are the only shop along Ilford Lane who have proudly done this.

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"For the past 30 years now, we have been putting the flags up."

The men say that after receiving the note the shop is now covered in flags and bunting to show they won't be put off by the letter. Nicely done.

GMS manager Gagan, who is Sikh and originally from India, initially put a couple of England flags outside the shop in East London to show support as the Three Lions play in the World Cup.

Credit: Triangle News
Credit: Triangle News
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But last week he got a note through the door telling him he should take the flags down and that he shouldn't be supporting England in the competition.

The note, which was full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, told the team they had the 'wrong flag' outside because they 'come from India'.

"You have put wrong flag outside your shop when you have come from Indian," read the letter in part. "Have you forgot your skin colour?

"You should put the Pakistan flag outside your shop not British. If National Front skinheads saw this flag outside they will kick you back to India without your trousers on. [sic]"

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Gagan said: "We're just trying to have some fun and people want to ruin it by saying it shouldn't be done. It should be done.

"I find this mentality really stupid to be honest. What? We can't support the country that we're living in?

Credit: Triangle News
Credit: Triangle News

"We are a family business that my father started over 30 years ago. He has lived in this country for around 40 years and we love this country otherwise we wouldn't be here.

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"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? Why spend your time writing a letter like this? It doesn't make sense to me."

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: UK News, Football, World Cup

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