Relief as BNP pulls plug on annual Red, White and Blue festival

THE British National Party says its controversial annual Red, White and Blue festival will not return to Derbyshire this year.

People living near to the site of the three-day event, which cost Derbyshire Constabulary £500,000 to police last year, have spoken of their “considerable relief”.

The festival has been held on fields off Codnor-Denby Lane, Denby, for three years.

But it attracted protests from anti-fascist groups across the country, with hundreds descending on the village to demonstrate. Several arrests have been made.

Officers were drafted in from Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire and the Derbyshire force’s Chief Constable said he feared the cost implications of it happening again.

But the BNP has now announced that it will have no national festival this summer and will instead focus on localised social events.

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