German discounter Lidl has delayed the opening of a new store until after Armistice Day – after locals complained opening on today’s date was insensitive.

The Bodmin branch of Lidl in Cornwall was due to open today but following talks with locals led by the Royal British Legion, the store will now open its doors tomorrow.

Members of the local Royal British Legion branch were particularly unhappy that the supermarket would open during the two-minute silence, said Keith Naylor, county manager for the Legion.

“Lidl is a German firm and I think it’s a little insensitive for the supermarket to open on Armistice Day,” local man Ray Helson told the Daily Telegraph.

Bodmin mayor Maggi Denholm said she was pleased with Lidl’s decision.

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