Elvis tribute singer in race abuse row

The Greyhound Pub, Leigh
The Greyhound Pub, Leigh
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AN Elvis tribute act due to perform in the borough is at the centre of a row after appearing to post extreme anti-Muslim comments online.

Concerned residents are now demanding Eccles-based singer Elvin Priestley is stopped from performing at The Greyhound Hotel in Leigh after the inflammatory comments appeared on his Facebook page.

Mr Priestley appeared to suggest that mosques should be used to hold pigs and that Muslims should be deported from the country with anyone found helping them classified as committing a criminal offence in a vitriolic Facebook message.

The words which appeared on Mr Priestley’s account contained blanket condemnation of all Muslims and are believed to be motivated by the recent terrorist attack on a Tunisian hotel and beach.

The post, which was written on July 2, has since been deleted but not before it was spotted by several people who immediately rang the Warrington Road venue to protest at Mr Priestley being scheduled to sing there in September.

One complainant, who asked not to be named, said: “These are extreme anti-Muslim posts and I have some concern when I see this level of hate speech written online and directed towards all Muslims.

“I rang the hotel and the person I spoke to said she had contacted Elvin and he was shocked and expressed sorrow and remorse for what he had said.

“I asked if he would still be playing. I’m not sure I’m entirely happy with the idea of the show still going ahead due to the level of inflammatory material he posted.”

The gig at the Greyhound Restaurant and Hotel set to take place on September 19 is still listed on Mr Priestley’s website.

His Facebook page also appeared to show him liking at least one right wing English nationalist group and commenting on material posted by the controversial organisation Britain First, which has previously hosted events in the borough.

Mr Priestley was contacted for comment about the allegations but declined to comment.

The Greyhound Restaurant and Hotel was also approached but was unavailable for comment.