A DISGUSTED shop owner has demanded an apology from shopping centre managers who forgot to turn off the radio during the Remembrance Day silence.
Caroline Wells said she and customers in Accrington’s Arndale Centre were observing the two minute silence yesterday, but shop managers continued to "blast out" U2 on the radio.
She said: "I think it’s disgusting, and the customers and staff felt it showed no respect at all.
"We’ve got all these war heroes who have been killed, and during what is supposed to be a two minute silence on the 11th day of the 11th month, they forget to switch off the radio. Where’s the respect in that?"
The embarrassing error comes a day after hundreds of people gathered in Wootton Bassett to watch the cortege of the six British soldiers killed in the Helmand Province.
The number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan now stands at more than 200.
Caroline, who has worked in the centre for a number of years, says she feels customers and staff deserve an apology.
A spokesman for the centre told the Observer that "no disrespect was intended" and he said they had failed to turn the radio off because the centre manager was absent from the site.
He said: "We are disappointed that, in the absence of the centre manager who was away from site today, the music system was not turned off, despite our intention to observe the silence.
"This was simply due to human error. The Arndale Centre apologises if any distress was caused to anyone."