Flash mob protest cancelled over safety fears

A protest in support of a Scarborough busker who is at the centre of a row with a council official has been called off at the last minute due to safety fears.

Around 50 musicians were due to take place in a town centre march this afternoon in a show of support for a local street performer known as Grod.

The move followed a telephone dispute between Grod and Scarborough Council’s investment manager Nick Taylor, which was recorded a put online via YouTube.

In the phone call, which was recorded by Grod, the council officer confronts the singer over the volume of his playing following a complaint from staff at the Orange shop, which is opposite his usual spot at the entrance of the Balmoral Centre.

Mr Taylor suggests that his music is ‘annoying’ local traders, and asks him to move alone from his site, like he should under the buskers Code of Conduct.

However is comments have angered fellow musicians, who are seeking an apology from Mr Taylor.

As a result they set up a Facebook group, and planned to pick up their guitars to take part in a ‘flash mob’ event at Grod’s usual spot.

Though after meeting this afternoon today’s protest was abandoned for fears surrounding Grod’s safety.

One of the musicians told The Scarborough News: “Grod has been very upset by all of this, and all of the attention he has received as a result, and it has made him unwell.

“He has received death threats online a result of the argument, and he is very distressed.

“We decided not to go ahead with the flash mob today over fears about his safety and well being.

“We have had a lot of people express their support for Grod and we will be planning further action in the future once we have sorted a number of issues.”