Landlady gets taff over Welsh prank
PUBLISHED: 06:56 15 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 24 May 2010
A LICENSEE was questioned by police after officers received a prank letter which said she was inciting racism. Angie Sayer, who runs the New Inn in Wedmore, organised a St George's Day archery competition using a Welsh flag as a target. The 50-year-old us
A LICENSEE was questioned by police after officers received a prank letter which said she was inciting racism.Angie Sayer, who runs the New Inn in Wedmore, organised a St George's Day archery competition using a Welsh flag as a target.The 50-year-old used the flag as it was the only large picture of a dragon she could find.Locals in fancy dress costume took turns to fire their homemade bows and arrows over the pub's skittle alley at the target in a bid to slay the dragon just like St George, the patron saint of England.Angie was shocked when officers came into her pub a week later and said they had received a letter complaining she was inciting racial hatred. Offenders can face up to six months in prison if convicted of the racist crime.Angie said: "I couldn't believe that someone accused me of being racist. It just seemed like political correctness gone mad."Nobody hit the target and we have Welsh people who drink in the pub and they just think it's a laugh."I'm annoyed if it's a prank as it could have had serious consequences if the police followed it through."We're going to find another dragon next year and we're planning to still hold other events at the pub."Pub patron Trevor Prideaux, who helps to run the social events at the New Inn, said: "It was one of those proud to be English days and everyone saw it as a laugh."A police spokesman said officers were treating the letter as a prank and no formal investigation had been opened.He said: "Officers had an informal chat with the landlady after the letter came into our possession to make sure it was a prank. Wedmore is a small village and we like to have a good relationship with the residents.