SteelBand walks away from UKIP Carnival

SteelBand walks away from UKIP Carnival

SteelBand walks away from UKIP Carnival

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SteelBand walks away from UKIP Carnival

A Ukip ‘carnival’ in Croydon, south London, descends into chaos on Tuesday. A steel band packs up and leaves, claiming they did not know the event had been organised by Ukip. Party leader Nigel Farage fails to show and Winston McKenzie, a Croydon council candidate, disparages his would-be constituency

SteelBand walks away from UKIP Carnival

SteelBand walks away from UKIP Carnival

Endurance Steel Orchestra

26 Avenue Road

London

SE25 4DX 

Endurance Steel Orchestra is a dynamic organisation, with youth engagement and community cohesion at its core. Founded by Marlon Hibbert in 2009, Endurance aims to enrich the lives of young people through the art of steel pan. Alongside delivering workshops and developing a junior steel band, the orchestra gigs regularly at various events – including national competitions and international performances.

Nigel Farage was forced to pull the plug on his latest attempt to prove Ukip is not racist, after a steel band refused to play at a bizarre ‘Carnival’ in Croydon.

The Ukip leader hoped it would be a ‘bold and vibrant’ event to defy his critics, but organisers were confronted with protesters likening the party to Nazis.

Mr Farage abandoned plans to attend after opponents clashed with party members, the steel band walked out and a Ukip candidate branded Croydon a ‘dump’.

It was supposed to be a carnival in Croydon to rebuff allegations of racism – but it didn’t go to plan for Ukip after the steel band stopped playing when they were told who had booked them.

But youngsters from Endurance Steel Orchestra refused to play, after saying they were misled about the political nature of the event.

They soon packed up and took their drums away, while Mr Farage failed to make an appearance, with it apparently being deemed “too risky” for him to attend.

The Eurosceptic party had promised to bring a “strong and positive message” to the streets of south London with a “bold and vibrant” carnival-style campaign event at a shopping centre in the middle of the town.

But a steel band Endurance Steel Orchestra, which had been hired to play, stopped playing after five minutes and packed up their steel instruments after learning that they were playing at a Ukip event.

Marlon Hibbert, 22, the band’s leader, said that the band had not been told that the event was organised for Ukip specifically. He said: “My parents came here from Jamaica to work. If Ukip had its way we would not be here – and the country would not be as diverse as it is.”

Sporadic noisy rows broke out among the 200-strong crowd, between supporters, protesters and members of the public, as Romanians carrying banners about Nazis argued with Ukip supporters wearing rosettes.

As the crowd became restless half a dozen police arrived to keep watch on the crowd, while a black Ukip van displayed the party’s slogans and messages.

SteelBand walks away from UKIP Carnival

SteelBand walks away from UKIP Carnival

SteelBand walks away from UKIP Carnival

SteelBand walks away from UKIP Carnival

SteelBand walks away from UKIP Carnival

SteelBand walks away from UKIP Carnival

SteelBand walks away from UKIP Carnival

By | 2016-11-20T20:15:17+00:00 November 20th, 2016|Categories: Steelasophical|Tags: |0 Comments