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Sikhs refused theme park entry because of holy dagger

The blogger who witnessed the incident tweeted this picture of the family leaving. Photo: @thesecretpsych

A Sikh children's party were turned away from Drayton Manor after a man refused to remove a ceremonial dagger.

The Coventry primary school teacher wears the Kirpan - a holy dagger - to express his Sikh faith, but was told by park staff that he could not wear it because of health and safety reasons.

The Kirpan is mandatory for everyone who goes through the Sikh equivalent of baptism, along with four other articles of faith.

The Kirpan is banned from the park because of health and safety reasons. Credit: BPM Media

A blogger who saw the incident claims the man was offered another Kirpan to wear as a necklace, which was considered a poor alternative.

The case has now been picked up by the Sikh Press Association, which is seeking discussions with Drayton Manor to resolve the issue.

In this day and age where the Kirpan can be taken into parliament, it is disappointing to see an amusement park ban this article of faith from their grounds.

After recent events which have made public news, people across the UK have seen what the Sikh community stands for.

We were shocked to be treated in the way we were by Drayton Manor and it is something the Sikh community as a whole was surprised at.

– Family statement

Drayton Manor said in a statement that Kirpans have not been allowed to be worn in the park for a number of years as they pose a health and safety risk to members of the public.

Drayton Manor Park offers an alternative to the Sikh Community which has been acceptable – a necklace worn next to their skin in exchange for the Kirpan, which is handed over for safe keeping for the duration of their visit.

It is regrettable that a group of Sikh visitors who came to the park on Friday 2nd June declined to take up the offer of the alternative to their Kirpans and they were therefore denied access to the park.

– Drayton Manor