In a show of solidarity with Black Lives Matter activists tearing down statues around the world, a small group of protesters paraded a Jim Davidson mug around Southport town center yesterday afternoon, before ceremoniously dropping it off the end of the pier.
The group’s ringleader, Wayne Rimmer, told us that the mug had taken prime position on his mum Eileen’s mantelpiece since she won it at the prize bingo in Blackpool in 1987.
“I was sat eating my tea, watching The Chase on telly, when I looked at the mug and remembered that voice he used to do. The generic West Indian one.” Rimmer explained.
“Right then and there I realised that, for as long as that mug stayed in place, my mum’s mantelpiece symbolised anachronistic and atavistic colonial narratives, while perpetuating hierarchies of unconscious and systemic racial bias.”
“So me and my mates chucked it off the pier.”
“Though, in hindsight, for the full dramatic effect, I think we should have waited for the tide to come in. “