27th April 2011
Simon Ledger says he fears he will end up with a criminal record for performing the 1974 disco classic at a seafront bar on the Isle of Wight on Sunday after two people walking past apparently took offence.
The 34-year-old, from the island, regularly features Carl Douglas’s 1974 number one hit in his set when he performs at the Driftwood Beach Bar in Sandown.
But after striking up the melody in front of customers at the weekend he noticed a man of Chinese origin walking past with his mother, making gestures at him and taking a picture on his mobile phone.
He said that he later received a telephone call from police – while he was dining in a Chinese restaurant – asking him to meet officers about the incident.
He was then arrested and questioned before being bailed.
- Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
- Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here – probably in California.