Apology over Jimmy Savile float

The members of the Twenty 10 club in Lauder have apologised after coming under fire for an "offensive and insensitive" Jimmy Savile themed float at the town's Common Riding.

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Christine Grahame MSP: Savile float was a "serious misjudgement"

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.”

– Christine Grahame MSP

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