Mayor withdraws from carnival over threats

PUBLISHED: 11:48 02 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:05 16 June 2010

SEATON S mayor has withdrawn from the annual carnival procession, after threats were made.

SEATON'S mayor has withdrawn from the annual carnival procession, after threats were made.

An anonymous caller said Councillor Sandra Semple would be pelted with cooking ingredients, if she took part in the parade.

Carnival committee chairman Fred Paulley was contacted, warning that 'certain people' would act if the mayor travelled in the car.

He said: "I'm not really surprised, because of all the bad press she's getting. I've been around the town on carnival matters and so many people say she's ruining the town. Carnivals shouldn't be political anyway."

Cllr Semple said: "I did it to spare the embarrassment of those running the carnival. I think it's cowardly and whoever called is a disgrace.

"The carnival isn't political and shouldn't be used as a political football.

"I hope everybody enjoys themselves enormously at it, and much credit to those who organised it.


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