Remarks made by long standing BBC presenter Sara Cox have left showmen and showwomen up and down the country OUTRAGED that anyone could make such flippant and derogatory remarks against an entire industry LIVE on any national broadcaster.
On her show on Tuesday March 15 on BBC Radio2 they asked listeners “Sara wonders what’s the most random, rickety ride you’ve ever ridden on. Was it a camel, a unicycle or a clapped out bus. Let her know!”
Cox then commented, in response to a listener’s reported experience of a ride at a fair: “That’s the thing with small local fairs isn’t it, their roller-coasters and rides are held together by rusty screws, Blu Tack and crossed fingers”.
These remarks are not at all helpful to an industry which has been the lifeblood of many show families for generations and has been decimated the past 2 years by the COVID19 pandemic.
Martyn Bolt a councillor in Kirklees and an Honorary Member of The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain told Showmen Times “I am very concerned that in today’s society broadcaster’s on the BBC primetime shows would make inflammatory comments about the Showman’s community with no consideration to the harm and prejudice it may insight in their huge audiences”
Since the show aired both the BBC and OFCOM have received a large number of complaints.