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Man blacked up face and sang Mammy to black colleague

A MAN dressed up as a black-and-white minstrel at a work party and sang in the face of a black colleague to mock her, a court has heard.

Brian Davies, 62, allegedly caused the woman “alarm, distress and offence” by blacking up his face and performing during a Christmas outing with colleagues.

Cardiff magistrates’ court heard that catering manager Loretta Dayley was singled out when Mr Davies directed the song My Mammy at her at the Coopers Carvery in Cardiff.

Prosecutor Robert Reid said Mr Davies had depicted a character from the Black & White Minstrel Show, shown on TV in the 1960s and ’70s. He said: “The show was part of mainstream culture and entertainment. But we have moved on and social attitudes have changed.”

Miss Dayley broke down in tears while telling the court via video-link how she felt “humiliated” during the stunt.

Mr Davies, from Caernarvon Garden, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, denies the charges against him. The trial continues.


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