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.
“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.”
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