Members of a local Twenty 10 club, who drew criticism for dressing up as disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile and his schoolgirl victims at the Lauder Common Riding, have apologised for any offence caused.
We, the members of the 2010 club who participated in Lauder Fancy Dress recognise we made a serious error of judgement in our choice of subject for our float at this year’s event.
"It was never our intention to cause offence to anyone. For the upset we have caused or may cause we unreservedly apologise.
Police Scotland have confirmed it has received a report about animal faeces being left outside the home of one of the organisers of the Lauder Common Riding. A spokesperson confirmed an investigation is underway.
One of the organisers of the Lauder Common Riding says they have been targeted after a fancy dress float caused offence at this year's event. A float with people dressed as Jimmy Savile and schoolgirls was part of a parade in the Borders town last weekend.
The stunt made national news headlines and was criticised by politicians and charities. The organiser says animal droppings were left at their home and have reported the matter to Police.
The organisers of Lauder's Common Riding are coming under fire for allowing a Jimmy Savile themed float to enter their fancy dress parade last week.
The stunt has attracted criticism from some people in the town as well as politicians and victims of abuse.
However, the committee say they do not censor entries and it is up to people to make their own moral choices about what they put in the parade.
Kathryn Samson reports.
Peter Saunders, from the National Association of People Abused in Childhood, spoke to Pam about the charity's reaction to a Jimmy Savile themed float being featured in a fancy dress competition at the Lauder Common Riding.
A charity which supports people abused in childhood say they have already had a number of calls from "distressed" victims of abuse.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood said the float featuring people in Jimmy Savile costumes at a festival in the Borders was "crass".
– Peter Saunders, NAPAC
"We've already had calls to the NAPAC support line from people who are distressed by this because every time people do stupid things like this and glorify these crimes, it will glorify abuse - not just Savile victims who will understandably be upset, but other victims of childhood abuse."
A link to the charity can be found here
In response to comments branding a Jim'll Fix It themed float in this year's Lauder Common Riding competition "distasteful and offensive", the organisers have said:
"Lauder Common Riding Committee is responsible for running one of the oldest and largest equestrian events in Europe.
"Our main aim is to ensure this event is run safely and for the enjoyment of spectators and the many hundreds who take part in all our events. This we have done very successfully both this year and in the past.
"Our fancy dress parade is only one element of our week and is a long-standing tradition. We have never censored anyone who has entered the event. It is up to the individuals who enter and their conscience to decide how they wish to express themselves and approach the event.
"People spectate and take part of their own free will. This year we did not receive any complaints about any of the entrants.
"We are obviously dismayed and understand that people are upset by the coverage one of the entries has received; however, we would reiterate that the committee does not condone or condemn the individual's right to enter the parade in their own way."
Local politician Christine Grahame MSP - whose constituency includes Lauder - has expressed concern over the entry of a Jimmy Savile float into the town's Common Riding float competition.
– Christine Grahame MSP
“I am a great believer in free speech but I do think people have to be responsible and in my opinion this subject was in poor taste.
“While I’m sure those involved didn’t go out to deliberately offend anyone this was a very inappropriate topic for a family event.
“There may well have been a Savile victim in the crowd, a young person or an adult who is or has been the victim of sexual abuse.
“I wouldn’t want to censor anyone but I think this has been a serious misjudgement and hope the people involved are reflecting upon the offence their actions will have caused to many people.”