- Staff at The Bull refused to serve troops on Tuesday after their homecoming march in Romford, Essex
- The 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment held the parade to celebrate the end of their final tour to Afghanistan
- Sixteen of their troops had been killed while on duty
- The pub apologised for the incident and said it ‘was a mistake’
By Alex Ward
PUBLISHED: 04:04 EST, 9 November 2012 | UPDATED: 07:59 EST, 9 November 2012
A pub refused to serve soldiers as they celebrated their return from fighting in Afghanistan in a parade through the town.
Staff at The Bull told stunned troops that they were ‘not allowed to serve squaddies’ when the troops tried to order a round after their homecoming march in Romford, Essex on Tuesday.
The astonishing ban was imposed on the 600-strong 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, in which 16 men were killed in Afghanistan, on the day they paraded through town to mark the end of its final tour of the war-torn country.
The soldiers’ proud families and friends had joined thousands of locals and officials to cheer and salute them in the high-profile Remembrance Day week event.
The tough mechanised infantry unit, famously known as The Vikings, has just been awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Havering.