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EK Primary School Drop Glitter Song
A song has been dropped from an East Kilbride primary school’s Christmas show after angry parents complained it was a hit for paedophile Gary Glitter.
Kids in P6 at Greenhills Primary have been learning the disgraced 1970s star’s festive single ‘Another Rock n’ Roll Christmas’ for the past week.
The 1984 song was one of the most played Christmas hits on UK radio for a decade, from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, but has been blacklisted from radio stations following the depraved singer’s catalogue of convictions for child pornography and abuse.
One furious parent said he only became aware of the school’s blunder when his daughter came home singing the song.
The dad, who did not want to be named, said: “When I first heard that pupils at the school were going to be singing this, I thought it was a joke. In this day and age, everyone associates Gary Glitter with his disgusting crimes and not his music. To have children singing one of his songs makes me feel sick. It’s completely inappropriate.”
Parents complained to Greenhills Primary head teacher Jacqui Coulter who said teaching staff were “unaware” who originally sang the song.
The parent added: "When the head teacher explained they had chosen the song because it was a happy Christmas song, I was surprised when she told me she was unaware who had sung it. You never hear Gary Glitter’s songs being played on the radio any more, and they’ve removed him from old editions of Top of the Pops which they repeat on BBC4. I hope that common sense prevails and we can have something more appropriate for children to sing."
"What’s wrong with a good old Christmas carol?"
A worried mum added: "My son loves music, and in the past when he’s had to learn a song for school, we’ve looked up the video on YouTube and given him a video of the song to listen to. There’s no way we’ll be doing this with a Gary Glitter song – it’s shocking."
South Lanarkshire Council confirmed the song would be removed from the school’s Christmas show. Tony McDaid, head of education at South Lanarkshire Council, said: "The song was included in the set list in good faith without anyone involved knowing who had recorded and written it. We can confirm that the song will not be in the set list for the Christmas show."