the owners of a gay pub have shocked customers by declaring their support for UKIP.
The Harewood Arms in Wakefield has come out of the closet by endorsing the right-wing party in the run-up to the General Election.
The tavern – which is known for proudly flying the rainbow flag – announced it was also throwing its weight behind the purple and yellow flag in a Facebook post.
Landlord Matt Eason wrote in a message to UKIP Wakefield on social media: “We believe in a lot of the policies UKIP stands for regarding the pub industry and would like to let you know we show our support.”
He added that the pub had received a “Marmite love it or hate it” reception over the news – with gay regulars shocked at the pub’s ignorance of the string of homophobic comments made by some UKIP candidates.
One regular commented on the declaration, writing: “Drinking elsewhere now.”
Another wrote: “A gay pub that supports UKIP. This pub should be given a miss.”
Mr Eason said the Harewood Arms was holding a “rally style meet and greet evening” with Nigel Farage’s party.
He added “anyone offended by politics or the party in question” could “choose not to visit the pub that night”.
UKIP Wakefield and UKIP LGBT have both praised the pub for the announcement.