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Paul Hollywood 'devastated' to have caused offence after picture of him in Monkton dressed in Nazi outfit surfaces

By Sean Axtell

Bake Off star Paul Hollywood says he is devastated if he caused offence after pictures of him dressed in a Nazi uniform in a Kent pub emerged.

The baker, who lives near Canterbury, posed for snaps clad in a red swastika armband, iron cross, a white eagle Nazi badge and a peaked cap.

The photos, revealed by the Sun newspaper today, were taken at the White Stag in Monkton.

Paul Hollywood
Paul Hollywood

The 51-year-old celebrity chef said: "I am absolutely devastated if this caused offence to anyone, the picture was taken 14 years ago en route to a Comedy TV Shows Themed New Year's Eve Party and a group of us dressed up as characters from the classic TV show 'Allo 'Allo.

"Everyone who knows me, knows I am incredibly proud of the efforts of those, including my own grandfather, who fought against the Nazis during the war."

The celebrity chef can be seen smiling as he poses for a photo with a friend, also in full German military uniform.

A source told the Sun newspaper: “Paul and his mate popped in for a drink and their wives joined them later.

“To them it was a great big joke to be wearing a Nazi uniform, and they were laughing about it and happily posed for a picture at the bar.

“But some found it offensive — especially the fact they thought it was really funny.”

The images show Hollywood posing for photographs in the Nazi uniform alongside his wife Alexandra, 53, and a friend.

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