Objections after Roy Chubby Brown has show axed – echoing Ashfield five years ago

More than 25,000 people have signed a petition calling for a council to reinstate a Roy Chubby Brown gig in Sheffield – compared with just 500 when a show on the Dispatch area doorstep was also axed.
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The controversial comedian hit the headlines in 2016 when Ashfield Council cancelled his planned show at Kirkby’s Festival Hall.

At the time, a council spokesman said: “The council does not feel the booking was appropriate for a council venue and not one it wished to be associated with.”

An online petition urging Cheryl Butler, then Labour leader of the authority, to allow Brown to perform attracted just 539 signatures.

Roy 'Chubby' Brown's show in Sheffield was axed (Photo: Getty)Roy 'Chubby' Brown's show in Sheffield was axed (Photo: Getty)
Roy 'Chubby' Brown's show in Sheffield was axed (Photo: Getty)

However, since Sheffield Council this week cancelled a Brown show at Sheffield City Hall, protests have been planned in the city, while an online petition has gained more than 28,000 names.

The council said: “We don’t believe this show reflects Sheffield City Trust values, particularly our ambition that our leisure, culture and entertainment venues are inclusive for all.”

Brown – real name Royston Vasey – said: “At first I had a sense of anger and disbelief, but on reflection I now feel just disappointment and sadness with the decision and the way things are going.

“I have been performing at the City Hall for the last 30-plus years.

“Now, in these strange times of snowflakes and political correctness, it has been decided I am no longer welcome. Why now is my question?”

After his Kirkby show was axed five years ago, the 76-year-old said: “It’s happened to me before. If they don’t want me, it’s not the type of venue I want to play.”