Saturday afternoon met up with a pal for a pint at Wetherspoons in the town centre. The town i live in is quite used to seeing squaddies out and about at a weekend, no problem with that at all. There were 4 squaddies stood next to us in the bar and they asked us if we were local and if we could tell them which pubs let squaddies in. I told them which bars would probably let them in but not to use their army id as they would get refused at some places. We then got talking at length as i told them im waiting for my start date for catterick, which is where they were from, and my mate that was with me is ex-army. After about 30 minutes of talking with these lads we were attacked by a group of local lads, about 8-10 of them. I didint even see them come towards us. We were punched, kicked, bottled, had chairs and tables thrown at us, the lot! Nobody in the pub did anything, the bar staff ran away, we tried to fight back but we were outnumbered and took a fair few whacks. Eventually the police turned up and we all got banged up. After a few hours in the cells and a few interviews me, my pal and the squaddies were released. We were told we could press charges as the cctv showed we were attacked. We were all battered and bruised, black eyes, bust noses and lips etc,etc. Apart from my mate, he has a 4 inch slash down his face from a broken bottle and 3 stab wounds in his chest and half an ear missing. There was no motive for this at all, as a group the 6 of us had done nothing but talk amongst ourselves. If thats what people are like i cant wait to get in the army and fcuk off away from this town and the scum that habitate it.