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Man who wore “send them back” T-Shirt at Romford Armed Forces Day parade says he did not mean to cause offence

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 July 2016

A man who was pictured at Romford's Armed Forces Day parade wearing a T-shirt which read,

A man who was pictured at Romford's Armed Forces Day parade wearing a T-shirt which read, "Yes, we won! Now send them back. Photo: @diamondgeezer

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A man pictured wearing a T-shirt saying “Yes! We won! Now send them back” at Havering’s Armed Forces Day parade said it was not his intention to cause offence.

Peter Bowman, 54, of Hornchurch, faced widespread criticism after a picture of him in the custom made top was circulated on social media and printed in national and regional newspapers.

Mr Bowman insisted his actions were driven by his passion for Britain and concern about employment, rather than any racist beliefs.

He said: “I worry for my grand kids future. There’s no work.

“They are working for a cheaper rate. I highlighted it but thousands of people are thinking it.”

Mr Bowman added that he doesn’t regret buying the T-shirt but he does regret the offence caused.

“I apologise to them [people who were offended] if I caused such a fuss. It wasn’t my intention to offend. I was just trying to get my point across,” he continues. “My daughter did say ‘don’t do it’, then she said ‘see I told you so’.”

Mr Bowman said he has since had a new T-shirt made which reads “Put Tony on trial”.

He adds his daughter has asked the shop to stop making him T-shirts.


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