CONTROVERSIAL comedian Roy 'Chubby' Brown has been banned from bringing his "offensive" show to Egremont by local councillors. 

At a meeting last night, Egremont Town Council decided the comic's October gig was too "inappropriate" for the Market Hall.

Angry members of the public are already signing an online petition.

Over 250 tickets had already been sold for the event - which was for over-18s only - leading Chubby's agent Steven Lloyd to vow never to bring an act to the town.


He said: "I'm annoyed. We could have organised other shows for that night. I'll make sure we never play Egremont again. It was 3/4 sold out, we've sold over 250 tickets. I'll be trying to overturn it." 

It is believed the decision to cancel will mean roughly £5,500 worth of tickets will have to be refunded.

Concerns were raised by councillor Sam Pollen after members of the public had questioned the booking's appropriateness. 

He said: "Our clerk and staff do a fantastic job keeping the Market Hall busy. But there is an act coming in October and people have asked me if it is appropriate in a family centre. It is adult humour, and it is offensive to many adults too." 

The decision to cancel 'Chubby's' gig went to a vote. With councillors split 4-4, chairman Michael McVeigh got the final say. He voted to stop the show. Also voting against were Lena Hogg and John Burns. 

However, other councillors were disappointed with the call believing it was censorship. "There are as many people who like it as don't like it. It's a personal choice. It's going to stop a lot of other acts coming, that agent has some big acts," said Coun Leigh Mossop. 

The 71-year-old comedian was set to play the Market Hall on Wednesday, October 12.