top_border11

..........

Mayor laughs off anarchist book fair assault

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

Bristol mayor George Ferguson endorses The Bristolian - smiter of the high and mighty

Bristol mayor George Ferguson endorses The Bristolian – smiter of the high and mighty

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.

4 Responses to Mayor laughs off anarchist book fair assault
  1. Dru
    April 23, 2013 | 7:24 am

    Don't think so. Those anarchists have got past that camera soul-snatching thing, haven't they? Oh look, a photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/belvedere/8666136134

  2. Read instructions
    April 23, 2013 | 12:08 am

    Wasn't it written that media should not come to this event and photos should not to be taken?

    • wood5y
      April 23, 2013 | 7:40 am

      Define media.

      Bloggers? Indymedia volunteers, etc.?

      There were loads of them there. Should they have absented themselves too?

      • arry
        April 23, 2013 | 8:21 am

        Wasn't Bristol 24/7 there ?

Today's news and features
First finally introduce smart tickets to Bristol buses

A credit card-sized ticket that allows travellers to use different bus operators across the region could be in place by the end of the year, First Bus(Read more...)

Man arrested over race hate crime in Cabot Circus

A 25-year-old man has been arrested after a Muslim woman was spat at in Cabot Circus earlier this week, police said yesterday (Read more...)

Young Bristolians to be offered ‘passport’ to world of work

Mayoral commission produces report critical of support and services offered to children in Bristol to help them move from school to training or employ(Read more...)

Bristol News Wire: August 1, 2014

Bringing you a round-up of the top headlines from around Bristol this morning (Read more...)

Councils, not private developers, are the only solution to our housing crisis

Council housing needs to be re-instated as a key mechanism for delivering the right numbers of homes and the right mix of homes, says Tony Dyer (Read more...)

Bristol food sets its sights on world domination!

As one of the main cultural hubs in the UK, Bristol has long drawn a wide range of dynamic, energetic and passionate people from around the country (Read more...)

Sign up for the Bristol24-7 newsletter

By signing up, you will receive access to news and special offers

It's quick and easy to join... just fill in the form below. Thank you!

Your Name*

Your Email*

Your Postcode area (BS1, BS2 etc)*

What are you most interested in? (You can choose more than one!)*
What's On Food and Drink Business Motoring Travel Special offers 

Bristol247 newsletter