George Ferguson has laughed off an incident at a book fair in which he was pushed to the floor and had coffee poured over him.
The Bristol mayor was at the Anarchist Book fair at the Trinity Centre in Old Market on Saturday when he said on Twitter he was “roughed up”.
He said he had warm coffee poured over him when he entered the venue. The man who poured the coffee over him refused to leave, or accept the offer from Mr Ferguson to shake his hand. It was then that the mayor was pushed to the floor.
Despite the incident, Mr Ferguson refused to involve police and backed the organisers of the fair, saying: “I’ll defend your right to hold it. Lots of people enjoyed it & generally good spirit – no accounting for idiots.”
Organisers of the fair said they were not made aware of what happened to the mayor until after the event. “Organisers didn’t get the wind of what happened with the mayor until after he had left,” they said.
Venue managers at the Trinity Centre added: “Good to see George Fergusonx supporting Bristol Bookfair – despite a one unpleasant character, the event was a real success.”
Meanwhile, at the event, Mr Ferguson ‘endorsed’ the new Bristolian magazine. Describing itself as the ‘smiter of the high and mighty’, its latest issue reports on “Junket George” and his trips to Europe.