South Yorkshire musician in golliwog-style mask row

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a MUSICIAN with a Doncaster brass band is at the centre of a race furore after he wore a golliwog-style mask during a competition performance.

Stan Lippeatt said sorry and stepped down as chairman of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (ABBA) after the ‘misjudged’ act at Bolsover Festival of Brass in Derbyshire.

Mr Lippeatt plays flugelhorn with Hatfield Colliery Band and was taking part in the contest on Sunday.

Bolsover Council is investigating the incident and a spokesman said: “We don’t condone this type of behaviour and we won’t tolerate it. But we need to conduct an investigation before we can make any further decisions.”

A spokesman for ABBA confirmed Mr Lippeatt agreed to stand down as chairman until an internal investigation is complete.

“The matter is being investigated and that’s as far as it goes at the moment,” he said.

Mr Lippeatt said: “I can assure everyone that I did not set out to cause any offence. It was only a play on words with an added prop. What came across was not what was intended and was totally misjudged,” he said.

“I apologise for any offence that may have been caused at the contest and to the contest organisers who have been wonderful supporters of the banding movement.”

Band members said Mr Lippeatt was a ‘really nice guy’.