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LOUGHTON: Landlord furious at skinhead interview
AN outraged Debden landlord says he will try to get a programme featuring his pub pulled from its slot on TV tomorrow night.
Comedian Alan Davies was filmed speaking to a former skinhead at The Sir Winston Churchill pub for his Channel 4 documentary about growing up in Loughton.
The former gang leader told Davies how he used to intimidate Asian people in London's Brick Lane and stir up racial tension on the show, Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution.
Pub landlord James Cosentino said that although he gave permission for the pub to be used in the show, he had not known a former skinhead would be interviewed there.
“He doesn't even drink here,” he added. “I didn't know it would be to do with racism.
“It's not a racist pub and I want to take it further with Channel 4. I've asked them not to air the repeat tomorrow night.
“It's a really nice family pub. I'm totally against racism and I don't agree with things like that.”
Colson Road resident Geoff Boughton, 67, who drinks at the Sir Winston Churchill and has lived in Debden since 1947, defended his home.
“I think it's un-representative of the people of Debden,” he said. “I was embarrassed for Debden. It was almost as if it was a bit of ghetto, but I think it's a wonderful place.
“Yes, the BNP were well-supported, but we kicked them out. There are black, white, Asian and Chinese people in Debden and I get on with all those people.”
The chairman of Debden's town centre partnership, Dave Stannard, said he had not seen the programme, but would make sure he did before the group's next meeting, so members could discuss it.
The programme is due to be repeated on Channel 4 at 11pm on Tuesday and the next in the series, which looks at Davies' years at college in Loughton, will be aired on Thursday.
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