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UK Pub May Change Name Over Ancient, Racist Sign

British pub "Labour in Vain" may modify its name after 166 years.

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A 166-year-old UK pub may change its name over a "politically incorrect" sign which depicts a white couple scrubbing a black boy. Labour in Vain in Yarnfield, Staffordshire, was acquired by Brewery Enterprise Inns, and new proprietors fear association with racism if they keep the pub's original sign. Brewery Enterprise is planning a pub revamp and potential name change to the Yarnfield Arms. However, locals and longtime regulars are petitioning to maintain the pub's original title.

While some see the sign as racist, others wanted to preserve the pub as part of the community's heritage.

A campaign to remove the sign back in 1994 proved successful, but it was rehung by pub owners in 2001. A Brewery Enterprise rep told The Telegraph, "We are currently reviewing several options for this popular village pub with the aim of having it back open and trading at the heart of the Yarnfield community as soon as possible."

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