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      Specsavers ends sponsorship deal over Hillsborough row

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      Specsavers ends sponsorship deal over Hillsborough row
      Apr 23, 2014 05:24:02 pm
      Specsavers ends sponsorship deal over Hillsborough row

      A company has withdrawn its sponsorship of a newspaper column after it likened Hillsborough mourners to a "partisan menace".

      The column in the Lynn News in Norfolk said a memorial event to commemorate the 96 deaths was used by many as "an excuse for more rabble-rousing".

      Opticians Specsavers said it had decided to cancel its "longstanding" sponsorship of The Big Eye column.

      The Lynn News apologised "profusely" for any offence caused.

      The Big Eye column was headlined "We endure a Hillsborough on our roads every 18 days" and talked about the mourners' "territorial attitudes".

      It added that the 25th anniversary memorial service gave people "another chance to display their tribal allegiances".

      The column compared the 1989 tragedy to people killed in car crashes, with the comment: "There's no public hand-wringing for the UK's traffic accident victims."

      The article has attracted criticism on Twitter and in the Liverpool Echo.

      A Specsavers spokesman said: "Specsavers in Kings Lynn has withdrawn its sponsorship of The Big Eye column in the Lynn News with immediate effect.

      "During its sponsorship of the column the store had no involvement in its content and does not endorse any of the views expressed within it.

      "We found out about the content of the latest The Big Eye column via Twitter and immediately acted to remove our association with it."

      In a statement, the Lynn News' editor Nick Woodhead said: "The Lynn News of Tuesday, April 22, included a comment article by weekly columnist The Big Eye entitled 'We endure a Hillsborough on our roads every 18 days'.

      "While the piece sought to draw attention to the numbers of road traffic tragedies, the reference to the Hillsborough memorial and the tone of the article were wholly inappropriate and running it was ill-advised on my part.

      "The columnist and this newspaper in no way intended to offend anyone involved in Hillsborough or affected by the tragedy and we would like to apologise profusely for any offence caused."
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-27111962

      Speechless.

      May be Hillsborough should be taught in schools, as I really believe people get their knowledge from the gutter press.
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      Re: Specsavers ends sponsorship deal over Hillsborough row
      Reply #1: Apr 23, 2014 05:59:13 pm
      Absolutely baffling 96 dead and 96 families seeking justice and closure after 25 years can be talked about in that manner, disgraceful and well done specsavers, bravo.
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      Re: Specsavers ends sponsorship deal over Hillsborough row
      Reply #2: Apr 23, 2014 06:34:55 pm
      Specsavers ends sponsorship deal over Hillsborough row

      A company has withdrawn its sponsorship of a newspaper column after it likened Hillsborough mourners to a "partisan menace".

      The column in the Lynn News in Norfolk said a memorial event to commemorate the 96 deaths was used by many as "an excuse for more rabble-rousing".

      Opticians Specsavers said it had decided to cancel its "longstanding" sponsorship of The Big Eye column.

      The Lynn News apologised "profusely" for any offence caused.

      The Big Eye column was headlined "We endure a Hillsborough on our roads every 18 days" and talked about the mourners' "territorial attitudes".

      It added that the 25th anniversary memorial service gave people "another chance to display their tribal allegiances".

      The column compared the 1989 tragedy to people killed in car crashes, with the comment: "There's no public hand-wringing for the UK's traffic accident victims."

      The article has attracted criticism on Twitter and in the Liverpool Echo.

      A Specsavers spokesman said: "Specsavers in Kings Lynn has withdrawn its sponsorship of The Big Eye column in the Lynn News with immediate effect.

      "During its sponsorship of the column the store had no involvement in its content and does not endorse any of the views expressed within it.

      "We found out about the content of the latest The Big Eye column via Twitter and immediately acted to remove our association with it."

      In a statement, the Lynn News' editor Nick Woodhead said: "The Lynn News of Tuesday, April 22, included a comment article by weekly columnist The Big Eye entitled 'We endure a Hillsborough on our roads every 18 days'.

      "While the piece sought to draw attention to the numbers of road traffic tragedies, the reference to the Hillsborough memorial and the tone of the article were wholly inappropriate and running it was ill-advised on my part.

      "The columnist and this newspaper in no way intended to offend anyone involved in Hillsborough or affected by the tragedy and we would like to apologise profusely for any offence caused."
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-27111962

      Speechless.

      May be Hillsborough should be taught in schools, as I really believe people get their knowledge from the gutter press.

      To be honest anyone who gives the S-- and it's ilk any credit whatever should remain in the gutter with the crap, if people do not have the brain cells to differentiate between the truth and affected lies they churn out to order their is no hope for them.
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      Re: Specsavers ends sponsorship deal over Hillsborough row
      Reply #3: Apr 23, 2014 06:37:10 pm
      Unbelievable, what sad people they must be. Well done Specsavers.
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      Re: Specsavers ends sponsorship deal over Hillsborough row
      Reply #4: Apr 23, 2014 11:23:15 pm
      Fair play to Specsavers.
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      Re: Specsavers ends sponsorship deal over Hillsborough row
      Reply #5: Apr 23, 2014 11:45:03 pm

      Speechless.

      May be Hillsborough should be taught in schools, as I really believe people get their knowledge from the gutter press.

      Was taught in my school in English, surrounding journalism, would have assumed it's the same elsewhere. As for the article, nothing ever fails to surprise me when it comes to Hillsborough unfortunately.
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      Re: Specsavers ends sponsorship deal over Hillsborough row
      Reply #6: Apr 24, 2014 08:43:58 pm
      Nice one Specsavers.

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