Responding to the criticism, a spokesman for Bellway Homes said: “We are deeply embarrassed by the appointed contractor's lack of respect and sincerely apologise for the offence that this caused to the local community in Horwich.”Name the contactor that messed up, then.
"When we were made aware that the poppies had been covered by our development signage boards, we immediately sought to rectify the situation and they were removed as a matter of urgency by our own staff who worked late into the evening to take them down.
“We have the utmost respect for Armistice Day and for our military forces, and Bellway is currently supporting the Royal British Legion across the business.
“We could never have imagined that our signage contractor would cover the poppies with the marketing boards. This was a disrespectful mistake and one that we corrected as soon as possible.”Except you missed one. And a member of the public rectified that. Which drew praise for his public-spirited actions from...
Wait, no, it didn't.
Horwich town councillor Marie Brady was not happy with the way the situation was dealt with.
She said that the images should not have been posted on social media and instead, they should have been reported to the town council or the local branch of the British Legion.Because there'd be someone available at the weekend to deal with that, eh?