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Next pulls Christmas Pan Am jumper after Lockerbie anniversary backlash

NEXT Pan Am jumper removed from sale
The jumper has been called 'disgraceful' and 'absolutely shocking'

Clothing retailer Next has pulled a Pan Am Christmas jumper after Lockerbie residents claimed it was offensive ahead of the 35th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing.

A petition was signed by more than 1,000 people in one day calling for the festive jumper with the airline’s logo to be removed from the retailer’s website.

Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed over the Scottish town of Lockerbie on Dec 21 1988 when a bomb was planted on the plane. 270 people were killed - including 243 passengers, 16 crew members and 11 people on the ground.

The Christmas jumper was described by petition signatories as “offensive and disrespectful”, “disgusting” and “absolutely shocking”.

The petition, launched by Phil Geddes on Change.org, read: “As a resident of the town at the time of the Lockerbie bombing, an event that has left an indelible mark on the lives of many, hundreds of people.

“This item, in its design or message, is offensive and disrespectful to those affected by this tragic event.

“The pain and trauma it caused are still felt today by countless individuals around the world.

“To see a product that makes light of such a tragedy or uses it for commercial gain is not only insensitive but also deeply hurtful.”

‘Beyond disgraceful’

A number of those who signed have personal connections to the tragic event.

One said: “I worked at the local hospital the night of the Lockerbie disaster and it’s as fresh in my mind 35 years later as it was back then.

“This jumper needs to be taken off the market immediately.”

A second commented: “I attended Lockerbie Academy and this is repulsive!”

Another commented: “I lost a friend on flight 103. This is beyond distasteful.”

A Next spokesperson said: “In response to customer contact, Next removed the ‘ALL + EVERY’ third-party branded items from its marketplace over the weekend.”

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