A WAR veteran blasted animal rights and climate change protesters for ruining a VIP reunion honouring fallen comrades.
Former staff sergeant Alan Guy, 87, and his disabled wife Lyn, 82, were stuck in a taxi for over an hour trying to reach the gala event in the centre of London.
Blockades set up by climate change demonstrators from Animal Rebellion and Extinction Rebellion prevented them getting anywhere near the venue and eventually they were driven back to their hotel in the rain.
Alan said: “It was a disaster. There was just no way of getting there.
“These inconsiderate people cost me a total of £210 out of my pension for a wasted event.
“I hope that they all sleep peacefully in their beds tonight.”
Veterans of the 1950-53 Korean War had travelled from all over Britain for the event at the Corinthia Hotel in London but most were halted by blockades and it is thought only actually four made it to the VIP reception, which was hosted by the South Korean ambassador and attended by dignitaries and diplomats.
Alan and Lyn, from Byfleet, Surrey, UK, were staying less than two miles from the five-star hotel – a distance that normally takes 15 minutes in a cab.
Alan, who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to veterans, added: “After an hour the driver said he could drop us off somewhere and we could walk in the rain but my wife is disabled.
“I was wearing my medals and we were in all our finery but in the end we went back to our hotel and ate a sandwich.”
Another veteran only made it to the ceremony by pushing his wife nearly a mile in a wheelchair through the rain.
The reunion blow came as the Met Police were accused of losing control of the activists.
Government minister Baroness Williams admitted it was “monstrous” sick patients were not able to reach St Thomas’ Hospital because protestors were blocking Westminster Bridge and roads around it.
Police have made more than 500 arrests since the campaign of disruption began in London.
Activists glued themselves to the Department for Transport and the lobby of the Home Office as many vowed to remain in makeshift campsites.
Activist John Curran, a former Met Police detective sergeant, said he was willing to be arrested for his beliefs.
Animal Rebellion protestors targeted Smithfield meat market and clogged the streets around with tents.