British Legion apologizes to dancer

Aug. 7, 2012 at 1:12 PM
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SHERBORNE, England, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The Royal British Legion has apologized to a burlesque dancer who was asked to stop seeking donations in character as "Major Outrage."

Josephine Freestone, 47, who solicits donations for the legion on the streets of Sherborne, England, while wearing a corset, fishnet tights and a modified military costume as "Major Outrage," said her local RBL branch contacted her and members decided to ask her to stop her activities, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

However, Freestone said the RBL headquarters has since contacted her to apologize, saying the local branch had no right to ask her to stop collecting.

"The decision of organizers in Sherborne has no validity and Mrs. Freestone is absolutely welcome to collect for the welfare of our proud British Armed Forces wherever, whenever, and in whatever outfits she pleases," an RBL spokesman said. "We apologize to Mrs. Freestone for any upset that may have been caused and look forward to seeing her collecting on the streets of Sherborne come November."

Freestone said she was overjoyed to receive the apology.

"I think it is delightful that someone saw fit to have the common courtesy to let me know that what the Sherborne branch said had no validity," she said. "I am overjoyed. I was devastated at the thought that I couldn't do it any more due to some small minded people, but I am really pleased to find out I can carry on."

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