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Nightmare for family as umpire comes to stay

Young Toby Harrison's unusual hobby brought a nightmare for his unsuspecting family as a friendless umpire took advantage.
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On this day in cricket, 25 July 1985

Record a big hit with right wing group

When perennial Hoggshire League strugglers Plague Moor made their first ever record they hoped it would fly to the top of the charts and bring a much needed change of fortune. The song ‘ White is the Colour ‘ was specially written for them by local songwriter Bert Bergerac , himself a cricket fan who believed the track would go a long way to promoting the game across the county , and hopefully , beyond.
The team spent a day in Hoggshire Sound Studios with musical arranger Norris Fairclough and composer Bergerac. ‘I was surprised how enthusiastic everyone was,’ remarked Fairclough.’They all wanted to be on Top of the Tops and meet the Nolans so there was some added incentive to do a good job, ‘ he chuckled.
When the single was released however it seemed like the only people buying it were not pop fans but people with a completely different motive - members of the National Front.
White is the colour became a National Front anthem at a series of marches the right wing organisation embarked on and was regularly sung at rallies and meetings all over the country. An innocent song about the colour of flannels and umpires coats had quickly taken on an altogether more sinister connotation.



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