Village Pub Embroiled in Race Row over Sign

Telegraph, February 4, 2015

A village pub might have to change its name after becoming embroiled in a race row over their sign that shows a black boy being scrubbed in the bath–by a white couple.

The Labour in Vain, in Yarnfield, Staffordshire, was considered not to be racist by council equality chiefs who previously asked the traditional pub to take their sign down.

However, a brewery that has taken over the 166-year-old pub is now considering changing the name–over fears that could be considered racist too.

A row has since broken out with residents who believe the historic country pub should keep the title it was first given in the mid-19th century.

Pub regular Jimmy Cawdell, 56, said: “If it goes ahead, which we’re sure it will, it will be political correctness gone mad.

“We are too upset about offending people these days, even if it means sacrificing our pub heritage. Everybody is outraged. There is not one person who uses this pub that thinks the name or the sign is racist.

“It should stay as it is because the pub is an integral part of the village’s history.”

Local John Rogers, 80, said he fears the pub and village will lose its identity and its heritage if the name is changed.

He added: “It has been called the Labour In Vain for more than 100 years. They only want to change the name to attract interest and deceive people into thinking it’s a new pub.

“I hope the people in the village boycott a new name, I really do.”

Brewery Enterprise Inns said it was looking to change the name once it reopens following a refurbishment.

It is understood that Enterprise wants to rename the pub the Yarnfield Arms, although no decision has been made.

Diane Lander, who runs Yarnfield Post Office, has set up a petition that has already attracted around 300 signatures.

The 47-year-old said: “There is strong opposition against it. It has been the Labour In Vain for 166 years.”

Brian Eyre, who sits on Yarnfield Parish Council, said: “In the past there has been a little bit of aggravation on the name and the sign because it is not seen as politically correct and caused a race row.

“I can understand why the people in the village want to retain the name as it is part of our heritage.

“However, in the 25 years I have lived here, the pub has closed a couple of times and the tenants don’t seem to survive very long.

“It has to be a positive that Enterprise wants to invest in the pub and village because at the moment it’s not particularly attractive.”

The controversial sign was first removed in 1994 when two schoolgirls launched a national campaign.

But in 2001, then-licensees Christine and John Glover found the original sign and hung it in the beer garden.

That led to a letter from Stafford and District Racial Equality Council (REC) asking for it to be removed from view, but the board has remained in place since.

An Enterprise Inns spokesman said: “We are currently reviewing several options for this popular village pub with the aim of having it back open and trading at the heart of the Yarnfield community as soon as possible.”



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  • RebelliousTreecko

    Pub regular Jimmy Cawdell, 56, said: “If it goes ahead, which we’re sure it will, it will be political correctness gone mad.”

    You mean it wasn’t mad to begin with?

  • Pub regular Jimmy Cawdell, 56, said: “If it goes ahead, which we’re sure it will, it will be political correctness gone mad.

    As opposed to the non-mad version of political correctness?

    The controversial sign was first removed in 1994 when two schoolgirls launched a national campaign.

    They mean one or more teachers used two schoolgirls as a front.

    A village pub might have to change its name after becoming embroiled in a race row over their sign that shows a black boy being scrubbed in the bath–by a white couple.

    It was the last bath that boy ever got.

    • DivaEl

      Whatever you do, don’t call them “boys.” Much like “you people,” it makes them hopping mad.

  • D.B. Cooper

    You know what, dear chaps? I want you to remove that sign because you have all become a bunch of embarrassing whining snivs, unworthy of respect from either your pets, or people elsewhere of any race. Not ONE of you will say, “Well, isn’t that just too Gosh Darn bad? If you don’t like the sign, then kindly remove yourself from this island.”
    I think Bruce Jenner is more of a man than most of you in Great (formerly) Britain.

    • If womanhood wants Bruce Jenner, womanhood can have him.

      Though I think it’s all a ploy to goose ratings for the KarTRASHian show.

      • Anglokraut

        Uh, women don’t want him, either; Jenner is the one who allegedly wants to be a tranny.

        • Who Me?

          That old fool has to be at least 65. Why does he want to go and turn himself into an old woman? I guess living with the Kartrashians for a few years drove him completely bonkers.

          • MartelsGhost

            He needs money and attention. Simple as that. And trannies are in vogue the days.

          • dukem1

            Strange, but true.

          • awb

            Lardassian’s. That’s better, no?

          • Alexandra1973


    • David Ashton

      “Dear chaps”. “Gosh darn”. Do you get your ideas of England from “Laurel and Hardy at Oxford” or “The Lady Vanishes”?

      • ElComadreja

        “Pip-pip”, “cheerio”. LOL.

      • D.B. Cooper

        Benny Hill.

  • MekongDelta69

    When enough Whites finally grow in numbers (and spines), maybe something will be done about this 50 year sinkhole into the sewer.

    Until then – forget it…

  • superlloyd

    A labour in vain is the White man’s burden.

  • David Ashton

    It’s quite funny, and I don’t see why black folk wouldn’t see the joke. Wait till “The Saracen Head” pub sign gets noticed.

    • Katherine McChesney

      I see nothing racist about it.

      • David Ashton

        Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder. “Racism” is in the eye of the fanatical agitator.

  • MartelsGhost

    Apparently, honesty is rayyciss. Who knew? England hasn’t been a proud brave country since the days of Cromwell. Maybe a blip of testicular fortitude when Winston was running things but since then………………….well………….they’re just a bunch of back alley basket shopping fanny loving wankers now.

    • Speedy Steve

      You forgot sods, prats, pooves, nancy boys and tossers.

      • David Ashton

        The scum may have risen – temporarily – to the surface in England, but then you Americans should deal first with your own two-party shortcomings.

        • ElComadreja

          It’s all one party. The two-party system is an illusion.

          • David Ashton

            Much the same in Britain, though public perceptions are now cracking things up a bit and Labour’s donors are pulling out of a sinking ship that has proved less kosher over Gaza than expected.

          • UncleSham

            At least in European countries minor parties can gain some power. Not so in America. We are paralyzed by the fact that if we don’t vote for the lesser of two evils the greater of two evils will win.

    • David Ashton

      Not all of us. We don’t all shop at Walmart, watch Hollywood rubbish on TV, visit Disneyland, or read “Hustler”.

      • MartelsGhost

        Good to know there’s a few EnglishMen left. What happened to the rest?

        • David Ashton

          I recently read Nicholas Rankin’s description in “Churchill’s Wizards” of our national mood after war on Germany had been declared: “grim apathy”. It is much the same in some quarters today after the slow incremental erosion of our means to resist “equality and diversity” and mass immigration; I shall explain the process in a book I am still working on.

          As a brief example of what we are up against: Nigel Farage during a pre-election campaign in Rotherham, faced with a small demo carrying “International Socialist” banners, was told a short while ago that the police “could not guarantee his safety” and effectively prevented him from moving and speaking to the public.

  • dd121

    If Brits (and Americans) won’t stand up for their cultural icons, they’ll be taken from them. Now let’s all give a cheer for the Washington Redskins!!

  • Zimriel

    If anything the sign is making *whites* look the fools.

    • dukem1

      You might be over-thinking this.

  • Speedy Steve

    Attention AmRenners: scour the internet for a copy of The Flying Inn by G.K. Chesterton. The book is over 100 years old, but remains as timely as the day it was written. It’s about pubs, signs, liberals and mohammedans. The peasants rise up and kill their lordships in a pitched battle.

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      I admire Chesterton for being a fellow who repudiated the right and left in defense of tradition. Despite his dogmatic Catholicism, Chesterton seems to me to be one of the clearest thinkers of any time.

      • David Ashton

        That book by Chesterton was brilliantly prophetic, and is still available in Airstrip One. His patriotic poetry is well worth reading today. Attempts to head this off by attacking him (among others) for “cultural fascism” or as “another ground-breaker for the ‘Holocaust'” have not been successful.

        • Charles Martel

          I also enjoy his Father Brown detective stories

      • Speedy Steve

        He was certainly the only theologian who understood the 20th Century and all of its horrors.

  • George

    The leopard cannot change his spots.
    The inherent nature of each individual is established by genetics.
    This sign cuts too close to the mark for the PC crowd. It’s a visual and apt description of what they endeavour to do. ‘If only we clean them up a little, they’ll be nice, decent chaps’.
    Sadly, every attempt to civilise the African (Colonialism, slavery, ‘affirmative’ action, Head Start, black colleges, etc. meets the same abject failure.
    Don’t let them in to your homes, don’t let them feel at all welcome in your neighbourhood.

  • RedOnTheHead

    I remember riding off base in Bentwaters where my father was stationed in 1964 and seeing a ‘Yanks go home’ banner on an overpass. I’ll bet you we’re looking pretty good about now though.


    “Local John Rogers, 80, said he fears the pub and village will lose its identity and its heritage if the name is changed” – I’m sorry to say Mr. Rogers, but both your collective “identity” and entire Nation’s ( not just your pub, and not just your village ) truly world shaping “heritage”. Have been deemed utterly unimportant and entirely replaceable, a long long time ago my friend. It’s not about your Village, and it’s for damn sure not about your pub. It’s about your country and your people! Will they allow themselves to be free? Or will they allow others, ( the “new arrivels” ) to dictate to them what they are permitted to do, say or even think, in what used to be their own country.

  • John Smith

    They could update it and show white Britons working hard to pay for Asians on the dole.

  • TheMaskedUnit

    Truth is racist.

  • ElComadreja

    They walk upright (sort of) and breathe air. The similarities pretty much end there.

    • David Ashton

      This sort of comment is frankly no help to a legitimate cause.

  • ElComadreja

    Even the black in the picture gets the joke.

  • Alexandra1973

    That sign sums up the problem with diversity.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    When did blacks become modern Britons or Britons for that matter??

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Easy change the black boy to a white boy or maybe put some white paint.

    • UncleSham

      But then the labor wouldn’t be in vain.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Well the guess the darkies are embarrased that they do not know how to bathe and thanks to the white people who are stupid enough to take them in and give them charity, they are now clean.