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Headteacher was forced to apologise after playing a ‘racist’ Two Ronnies sketch to outraged parents

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The clip, titled Sheikh in a Grocery Store, was shown to highlight the importance of communication between parents and teachers

A HEADMASTER was forced to apologise after playing a “racist” and “sexist” Two Ronnies sketch to shocked parents.

The Sheikh in a Grocery Store clip from the 1970s was intended to highlight the importance of communication.

The sketch opens with Barker in his familiar role as a brown-coated shopkeeper before Corbett enters dressed in Arab robes

It sees Corbett with a blacked-up face and wearing mock Arab robes enter a store run by Barker who says, “Old Ali Baba’s a bit off course” and “Morning, Abdul”.

Corbett then mispronounces items, such as saying choc-ol-atty mouse, as Barker tries to correct him.

He says “sod her” instead of soda after Barker tells his wife to “shut up and clear off” in the sketch shown at a Year Nine information evening at Archway School in Stroud, Gloucs.

One parent said: “There’s no place for this racist humour any more.”

 Colin Belford, of Archway School in Gloucestershire, was forced to apologise after screening the sketch to parents

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Colin Belford, of Archway School in Gloucestershire, was forced to apologise after screening the sketch to parents

Another added: “I was furious.”

Head Colin Belford said he had apologised to parents for the “inappropriate choice” of clip.

Mr Belford said: “They were understandably and justifiably concerned and offended by a YouTube clip which was used on the evening."

A 2016 study by broadcasting regulator Ofcom found modern television viewers and radio listeners are less tolerant of racist or discriminatory words.

Tony Close, director of content standards at Ofcom, said of the results: “People draw the line at racist and discriminatory language - participants felt this was the most unacceptable of all.

“Most people see these words as derogatory and insulting.”

In 1971 the Two Ronnies first episode went on air and to celebrate here are some classic sketches

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