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welcomeThe owner of a Hampshire hotel has been reprimanded by his local council after posting ‘poofters welcome’ on an announcement board by the front door.

Mike Sacqui owns the Penny Farthing hotel, which is listed as ‘gay-friendly’. He posted the notice and was immediately condemned by council members who stated that they were “offended” by the message.

Mr Sacqui told the Southern Daily Echo that the board had over-reacted, “We have a small minded parish council who have their knickers in a twist and I just want to get on running a business.” He continued, “The latest message is not homophobic, we welcome gays, lesbians or whoever.”

It was observed that Mr Sacqui often posts humorous or topical messages on the board, but this was not enough to prevent the police visiting him over this matter.

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