Saturday, June 22, 2024

White Hart pub landlord defiant: “The Golliwogs are staying!”

THE LANDLORD at the White Hart Inn pub in Grays says the Golliwogs that are draped all over his bar are set to stay in defiance of possible action by Thurrock Council.

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Chris Ryley put a number of golliwogs in the main bar area of the Argent Street pub some time ago.

But he has now had a complaint and Thurrock Council are investigating.

A defiant Mr Ryley said: “This is the first complaint in three years. Nobody approached me personally. Instead they went to the police and the council.

“They have done me a big favour really. I have had lots of new visitors to the pub to see what the fuss is about.

Customers donated the dolls and that is what they are: dolls. They are staying.

“Thurrock Council’s Licensing have more pressing problems without wasting their time”.

A spokesperson for Thurrock Council said: “Thurrock Council received a complaint last week (Thursday 8 February) about items being displayed in a local pub. It is currently being investigated and therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time”.

Once a common sight on everything from Robertson’s jam jars to Noddy storybooks, increasing backlash over their alleged racist origin has meant golliwogs have faded from view and have now all but disappeared from public display.

Last year, the Edinburgh Museum of Childhood was put under pressure to remove a display of golliwog dolls in its collection.

Golliwogs are based on the character of the same name who featured in a series of late 19th century children’s books by American author Florence Kate Upton, who in turn said she based the character on a figurine.


  1. i think he is wrong about this,the landlord of the pub is a very nice man but i think its obvious that golliwogs belong to the past and will be offensive to a lot of people in the day and age.

  2. Rocket, it is “wet” people like you that have created the namby pamby society we now live in. You should be ashamed of yourself.
    These are dolls, they sell by the 100s on ebay. Tell you what, lets ban white dolls, black dolls, manholes, blackboards, whiteboards and god forbid if we call someone old. You “wets” will let Thurrock Council waste even more of our money.
    These are not offensive and good on the Landlord for making a stand for common sense.

  3. Next a girl, will be done for having a white baby doll . its all gone mental with little common sense. says this hippy liberal.

  4. Does anyone want one of my Jelly babies. Oh wait they are banned as well by Thurrock council. Shit I am classed as a hardcore dealer of multi-coloured jellybabies now.

  5. personally i am not offended by golliwogs or Irish leprechaun dolls or such like,but i can understand how some people could be offended by a row of golliwogs hanging over the bar in a pub,if a ethnic minority person moved out from London to a overwhelmingly white town and went in a pub full of golliwogs he might doubt how welcome he is.

  6. CTB I didn’t have you down as a hardcore jelly baby

    Rocket 1 Overwhelmingly white town – Grays? You got the right town?

    God help us if he has barmaids what with all this womens rights stuff going on. Maybe the Golliwogs are ready to be bar staff stand ins for when the Council tell him he can’t employ women in case they are being exploited.


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