|....and as for your quip about the 'Fat Controller' tell Rufus and his hound, they can stay in there with you...|
has apologised after they staged an all too realistic mock terror incident during this year’s ceremony.
The event held at Battersea Evolution was also on the first anniversary of the Westminster Bridge attack. The terror stunt re-enactment featured film stunt persons abseiling down from the ceiling.
The terrified guests who paid substantial fees to book tables were critical of host Rufus Hound's 'off-message potty-mouth laden joke' routine, only capped by women 'wearing provocative leather outfits'....
Simon Rennie, general manager National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), writing in Rail Technology Magazine: "Re-enacting terrorism allied to foul-mouthed hosting encapsulated violence, bullying, placing individuals under duress and crass gender-stereotyping."
Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, called it "a deeply upsetting event", whilst several tweets hit social media.
“#UKRIA2018 providing a fake terrorist attack as “entertainment” in year following #LondonBridge & #MENArena tragedies (which saw huge acts of courage & compassion by @BTP & #railstaff) shows (at best) crass insensitivity & an appalling error of judgment by @UKRIAnews & @rtmnews”.
Roy V Rowlands, MD of UKRIA, issued an apology expressed deep regret about the “disappointing” content in both live acts at the awards.
“The entertainment we chose was a huge disappointment for us and a proportion of our guests. The organising committee and I unreservedly apologise for our poor judgement of the entertainment we chose for the event. These decisions were made by the organising committee alone, of which I chair.
“I am deeply saddened by the foul language and sexist remarks used by the evening’s host ( Rufus Hound) and actors of the live action stunt show. I can assure you that this content was most certainly not in the script and does not reflect the values and opinions of UKRIA, Rail Technology Magazine and its owners and employees of Cognitive Publishing Ltd.
“Formal complaints have been submitted to both the host and the stunt performers expressing our deep concerns. Overlooking the anniversary of the Westminster attacks was a deeply unfortunate oversight on our part and for that we unreservedly apologise. In hindsight, even if the act had been the fun, comedic skit we had requested it still would have been inappropriate.”
He added that he intended to donate to funds that have been set up for the London Westminster Bridge attack, the Manchester Arena attack and the campaigners for Women’s Rights charity the Fawcett Society.
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