'You could take your granny to it': Burlesque cabaret trip for injured troops cancelled, as show starring Bettsie Bonbon, deemed 'inappropriate'

  • Armed Forces charity Stubs bought 25 cabaret tickets for injured soldiers
  • But the Ministry of Defence deemed its ticket offer 'inappropriate'
  • Soldiers from Headley Court rehabilitation centre said to be 'disappointed'
  • The show is part of London's seventh annual Burlesque Festival

By Steve Nolan

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'Inappropriate': Wild Card Kitty is among the dancers performing in the Crown Jewels: Best of British show tonight which the group of injured soldiers won't be attending

'Inappropriate': Wild Card Kitty is among the dancers performing in the Crown Jewels: Best of British show tonight which the group of injured soldiers won't be attending

A charity organised night out for injured soldiers to a burlesque show has been cancelled after the Ministry of Defence deemed the event to be 'inappropriate'.

Armed Forces charity Stubs had bought 25 tickets for the Crown Jewels: Best of British caberet show for injured Afghanistan veterans recovering at the Headley Court rehabilition unit in Surrey.

But the trip to tonight's London show was cancelled by Commanding Officer, Group Captain Clare Walton because the show is too risqué.

According to The Times, the charity is appealing for other groups with links to the Armed Forces to come forward if they want the tickets. They have even been offered to the Chelsea Pensioners.

The Shepherd's Bush show is part of the nine day London Burlesque Festival which is now in its seventh year.

Stubs, which works to reintegrate military casualties with a variety of injuries into society, had booked tonight's earlier of two showings so that the troops weren't too tired and so that the wheelchairs could be accommodated more easily.

Tonight's show, at Bush Hall, features acts such as Bettsie Bonbon, Hettie Heartache and Wild Card Kitty.

But Betty D'Light, production manager of the show, told MailOnline that the MoD have got the wrong impression about what burlesque consists of.

 

She said: 'We've been working with the charity for a while on this, we always try and help charities who want to make group bookings.

'We went to quite a lot of bother to rearrange the seating for the group to accommodate wheelchairs and we had hoped that the performers would come out afterwards and have their picture taken with the soldiers.

Defence medical rehabilitation centre, Headley Court, Surrey.

Defence medical rehabilitation centre, Headley Court, Surrey.

An injured troop is treated at Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey
An injured troop is treated at Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey

Recovering: Injured troops are treated at Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey

'The unfortunate thing is that the charity loses out on the money - we can't offer them a refund because the show's sold out - it's left a bit of a difficult situation.

'The saddest thing is that when I spoke to the charity, she said that the soldiers were really disappointed.

Glamourous: Betty D'Light (not pictured), the shows production manager, says that burlesque is tasteful and that some people still have the wrong impression of it

Glamourous: Betty D'Light (not pictured), the shows production manager, says that burlesque is tasteful and that some people still have the wrong impression of it

'Burlesque is just a harmless bit of fun and it's so huge now that it's quite rare for people to have this kind of opinion on it.

'It's all very tasteful and all in the style of glamorous burlesque and we also have a variety of cabaret acts on stage too.

'Whoever it was (that cancelled the trip) has probably got the wrong impression of what it's all about - some people associate it with seedy strip clubs and it's completely the opposite to that.'

She added: 'Burlesque has been around for a long time and in the 1930s, 40s and 50s famous dancers of the time performed for the troops and that was sixty years ago and was fine then.

'Now people have this strange opinion of it - it would've been nice to continue that tradition.'

Festival organiser Chaz Royal told The Times: 'It's classic, glamourous and tasteful. It's not a seedy show by any means.

'You could take your granny to it.'

An MOD spokesperson said: 'Headley Court has a strong relationship with a number of charities who provide generous gifts for our injured Service Personnel.

'On this occasion we felt the offer was inappropriate however we are grateful to charities and the general public for their continued support for the Armed Forces.'


 

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why?

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Good job she wasnt in west germany in the 70s.We would of been confined to barracks permenatley LOL. Let the troops enjoy them selves.

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Who the hell do these persons think they are saying what our servicemen and women should or should not see, throw the ignorant persons out on their ears ,no doubt we pay them. Miserable know alls.

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Young Men who have seen and done things most of us would run away from but still do it because there so brave , but go and see a bit of leg, and ho no it's to risky for them .

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I am ashamed that a woman has done this, it just makes her look a prude! Dita Von Teese et al have done a great deal to show that burlesque is classy and glam and most importantly good fun! You see worse in a Hollywood film, whatever happened to living in a democracy? I'll drive the minibus if the boys still want to go!

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another woman who thinks she knows best over coming injury is not just physical...its moral as well and seems there commander is a kill joy...or maybe does not like men.

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Stuck up prigs

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Why do you automatically assume that because the C.O was the one who had to cancel the booking, that she was the one who had made the decision in the first place?! I wonder if there would have been so many sexist comments if it had been a man who had cancelled it. It's quite clear that the MOD deemed it inappropriate, that usually involves more than one person in the process. Oh by the way Ian, WRAFs no longer exist and its likely she would have been a WRAC. It's a shame the chaps get to miss out.

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What planet does this woman live on? She needs a trip down to the nearest barrack block or Naafi Club to join the real world and see what they really like.

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Grow up you stupid woman you do a disservice to all you contact!!!

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