A PETITION has been set up to allow Teesside comedian Chubby Brown to perform at a Sheffield venue.

More than 32,000 people have signed the petition against the cancellation of the show.

Chubby Brown was set to appear at Sheffield City Hall next year.

The BBC reported that Sheffield City Trust chief Andrew Snelling said it was felt Brown's material did not reflect its values. Mr Snelling said the not-for-profit organisation, which runs multiple sporting and leisure sites on the local council's behalf, would issue refunds.

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He understood the decision would disappoint some but it was felt the show did not align with the trust's ambition to make its venues "inclusive for all", he added.

Sheffield City Council leader Terry Fox said the authority "wholeheartedly" supported the trust's decision.

All 300 ticket holders had been refunded for the event which was due to take place in the 2,373-capacity Oval Hall, the council said.

In 2019 Mayor of Middlesbrough Andy Preston tweeted: "Chubby Brown gig set for Middlesbrough Town Hall - he was never banned but I discovered there was an unwritten policy of not allowing Chubby to play Middlesbrough - as he was “offensive”. But I’m happy to confirm we’ll soon have a date for Chubby’s hometown comeback. If easily offended, don’t go!"

The show is now set to go ahead in Middlesbrough on Friday, May 27, 2022 - rescheduled from Saturday, June 26, 2021.

The petition set up by Haley Madden states: "Chubby Brown has been a stand up comedian since the latter end of the 60s. Andrew Snelling of the Sheffield city trusts seems to think that "his shows don't reflects Sheffield city trusts values". Yes some of the comedians material may not be to everyone's taste but my view - like many others around it's simple. If you don't like, don't go watch."

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