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A CITY centre bar that caused national outrage after turning away two grieving soldiers because they were wearing their military uniform has temporarily closed for the day.

Browns in Earl Street has come under attack from almost 100,000 people on Facebook for its decision which they have defended as company policy.

The soldiers were in the city on Monday for the funeral of Keresley soldier Michael Thacker, who was killed in Afghanistan on June 1.

They had asked for coffee during a break in the build-up to the service but were turned away.

The pair, who were joined by their commanding officers, were pallbearers at the funeral and one of the men was Corporal Thacker's brother Matthew, also a corporal in the same regiment.

Owner Ken Brown was forced into an apology on Thursday after initially refusing to comment on the matter and has since donated £200 donation to Little Scotty's Soldiers, a charity chosen by the family of Cpl Thacker

And now the Observer can confirm that Browns has pulled down its shutters and temporarily ceased trade for the day.

It is not understood when the bar plans to re-open.

A parade tomorrow (Saturday) to mark Armed Forces Day is set to pass the venue and members of the Facebook group are planning a protest outside.