Steel band booked for Nigel Farage carnival refuse to bang the drum for Ukip

Nigel Farage has not yet turned up for his scheduled appearance in Croydon

Nigel Farage has not yet turned up for his scheduled appearance in Croydon

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The steel band booked to play Nigel Farage's carnival in Croydon refused to play after learning the show was for UKIP.

Dressed in their bright orange t-shirts Endurance Steel Orchestra got half way through a track when they decided to stop playing.

Speaking to UKIP candidate Winston McKenzie the band leader Marlon Hibbett said: "I did not know what we were coming here to do and if it had been made clear I would not have been here today.

"UKIP is not something that I agree with and I feel like I have been used."

But Mr McKenzie said "I said to you we are holding a political conference, can you play and you said 'no problem'."

Mr Farage was due to appear in Croydon at 2.30pm but has yet to appear.

It is understood his team is assessing the security risks.

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9:43am Wed 21 May 14

Indigenous Pensioner says...

BAnging drums in the street should not be allowed anyway we want peace and quite not noise but we all know who to vote for so we do not need drums banging we will teach the part y in power we don t trust them any more.THank you.
BAnging drums in the street should not be allowed anyway we want peace and quite not noise but we all know who to vote for so we do not need drums banging we will teach the part y in power we don t trust them any more.THank you. Indigenous Pensioner
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2:44pm Wed 21 May 14

Mr Strings says...

Can't help but think it was just a PR ploy to get people in front of Farage's UKIP little helpers and he had no intention of coming.
Can't help but think it was just a PR ploy to get people in front of Farage's UKIP little helpers and he had no intention of coming. Mr Strings
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