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Council defends 'fat ladies' bingo call ban

A town council has defended its action in stopping a bingo caller saying "two fat ladies 88" and "legs 11" due to fears that players might sue.

Former mayor John Sayers, 75, who runs weekly bingo at the town hall in Sudbury, Suffolk, said he had been advised to stop using these phrases.

He said no one had complained about being offended, but players had since moaned that his new style is "boring".

Sudbury Town Council said it had issued the advice due to legal concerns.

Sue Brotherwood, Sudbury Town Council clerk, said: "We hear these things, of people being sued because of it, and obviously we have to take it on board.

'Tradition of game'

"It's very sad that everyone seems to have lost their sense of humour."

Mr Sayers, a serving councillor, told the BBC: "The concern was that if there might be two large ladies in the audience when I said 'two fat ladies 88' or someone might think I was looking at their legs when I said 'legs 11'.

"I was advised that someone might take offence and we could end up being taken to court."

He added: "I don't like it.

"No-one had ever complained about being offended. But they moan now, they say it's boring. And I think just saying the numbers is boring too.

"I'm obviously not being offensive - just having a bit of fun. It's the tradition of the game and part of our language."

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