A section of the Blackpool Illuminations is being replaced after complaints it is racist.

Two Native Americans have raised concerns to the local council about a Wild West tableau that shows six men in headdresses and a totem pole.

One letter of complaint came from an English-based member of the Chickasaw Nation tribe.

They suggested the panel from the 1960s paints Blackpool "as a community that supports racism and discrimination."

It adds: "Caricatures such as these reinforce racial stereotypes of Native Americans as being primitive people who have no place in modern society."

Blackpool Council confirmed the panel will be replaced with a “new tableau that celebrates Native American culture, with input from the network based in the UK."

The panel dates from the 1960s and has been a regular feature of the annual display

The panel dates from the 1960s and has been a regular feature of the annual display.

A spokeswoman stressed it was "designed many years ago and intended to be a celebration of different cultures."

Councillor Tony Williams, who was among a long list of councillors to be contacted, said: “Some of these displays go back to the 60s when attitudes and perspectives were much different and the writer has raised some valid points.

"Several Western-themed films have been banned in the US for the very reasons stated. Whilst in themselves the displays may not be offensive they certainly portray a distorted view of Native Americans and their culture."

Council officers have been in ‘constructive discussion’ with the two Native Americans who raised concerns (

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Council officers have been in ‘constructive discussion’ with the two Native Americans who raised concerns about the tableau.

"The Illuminations are one of the UK’s most enduring family attractions and we would never do anything intended to cause offence," the council spokeswoman added.

"We have also agreed to explore options for a new tableau that celebrates native American culture with input from the network based in the UK."

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