UK club lifts WWI ban on Germans

Rule banning Germans and Austrians from playing golf lifted 88 years on.

    During WWI, people generally aimed to stay in the bunker [EPA]

    The law had been forgotten about until researcher Alan Barclay found it in the club's archives. Members unanimously backed a motion to abolish the rule last week, The Sun reported.

     

    Barclays, 66, said: "Germans and Austrians have played here but not 'legally' - until now. Now they are officially welcome."

     

    "I was absolutely astounded. I thought 'my goodness'. I was just as amazed really to find that nobody ever came up and said 'we have got to rescind that'. It just sat there for 88 years.

     

    "There could have been some naturalised people who were affected, but there is no way of knowing whether that happened.

     

    "It's not the kind of law you want a modern club to have.

     

    "We're now good friends with the Germans - apart from when they beat us at football, obviously."

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Many Pentecostal churches in the Niger Delta offer to deliver people from witchcraft and possession - albeit for a fee.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.