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M&S denies Ferry ad campaign axe
Bryan Ferry advertising Marks & Spencer
The store said Ferry had seen out his contract
High street retailer Marks & Spencer has denied dropping singer Bryan Ferry from its advertising over remarks he made praising the Nazis.

Ferry has been used to promote the store's Autograph menswear range.

Marks & Spencer said it was "highly unlikely" he would be used in a new campaign but insisted he had completed his existing contract.

In March, Ferry apologised after he described some of the Third Reich's imagery as "beautiful".

Ferry had told the Welt Am Sonntag newspaper that he found Nazi iconography impressive.

Apology welcomed

He said: "I'm talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags. Just fantastic - really beautiful."

At the time Marks & Spencer - founded by a Russian Jewish refugee Michael Marks - faced calls to cut its ties with Ferry.

But a spokesman for M&S said there had been no move to dump the singer.

"While we are still planning our autumn advertising campaign, it is highly unlikely any model will be used for more than two seasons for the Autograph range.

"We welcomed Mr Ferry's apology over his remarks and he completed his existing contract."

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