Tory councillor wears blackface at Kent bonfire celebrations | UK news


A parent-teacher association for an Anglican primary school in Kent has apologised after members taking part in a well-known bonfire night celebration wore blackface makeup, among them a local Conservative councillor.

Hever Church of England school said a small number of people connected to the PTA had worn the makeup when they marched alongside the school’s float at the celebrations in Edenbridge on Saturday.

The town stages a large procession of carnival floats through the centre to the site of the bonfire where an effigy is burned. This year the local bonfire society chose Boris Johnson.

The school’s float had a Caribbean theme. Photographs of the event sent to the Guardian show Trevor Bryant, a Conservative member of Edenbridge council, wearing a frilly shirt and hat, with blackface…

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