Calm down now, it's all being blown out of proportion. It was funny to watch, the audience were laughing (and lets face it, 95% of brass band audiences are old enough to remember when The Black and White Minstrels were considered the height of light entertaniment) and took no offence whatsoever.Oh dear, here we go again. Come on the P C brigade, have a good rant and then get over it. You need to understand that being an adjudicator, or a top class instrumentalist does not always mean that you have either common sense, or any particular sense of occasion. Banding is obviously going the same way as premiership football. Certainly ill-judged, and just the sort of stuff that the local authority jobsworths will milk for all its worth. 'Entertainment' ? no, just unbelievable.
This is the crux point. Both Stan, Graham and the band will have been fully aware of the racial connotations of the golly doll. To perform such a stunt as this pre-planned and to the public shows them as, at the most positive, completely stupid. And at the worst, people with racist views.However, on reading that it was a pre-planned activity which in my mind had no chance of being regarded as appropriate
I do agree, it seems a poor momentary error of judgement, like the contest, it would a shame if the only thing that was remebered was this incident.Stan is such a decent good hearted guy. I just can't understand how he became involved in this.
Whatever the outcome, it doesn't alter the fact that he is a great pillar of banding society and has contributed immensely to banding over many years. Let's not forget all the good stuff after one admittedly poorly judged action. (and verbal response).
~ Mr Wilx
Firstly, its a very bad pun and doesn't really make sense. Secondly, I can only be thankful it didn't happen at the Fife Charities as my girlfriend was there this week as her first ever exposure to brass band contests. She is part Burmese, part West Indian and would have been truly horrified by this. Its easy for us to say its "political correctness gone mad", but I suspect none of us have been spat at in the street as children because of the colour of our skin - as she was regularly when growing up here in Scotland.I do agree, it seems a poor momentary error of judgement, like the contest, it would a shame if the only thing that was remebered was this incident.