A light display that has been part of the Blackpool Illuminations since the 1960s could be removed following racism complaints.

Blackpool Council has said it will ‘explore options’ for a new display after a Native American tribe raised concerns over a ‘Wild West’ light display.

The display portrays six men wearing headdresses and dancing around a totem pole.

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A letter of complaint from two members of the Chickasaw Nation tribe suggested the panel paints Blackpool "as a community that supports racism and discrimination”, reports Lancs Live.

The letter added that such 'caricatures' can 'reinforce racial stereotypes' of Native Americans.

Blackpool Council said the display, located north of Blackpool Promenade, had been intended to be a ‘celebration of different cultures’ but added it was in ‘constructive discussions’ with those concerned.

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A spokesperson said: “Our officers have been in constructive discussion with two people of Native American origin who raised concerns about the tableau.

“We have explained the background to the historic elements of the Illuminations display and assured them that these were designed and created many years ago and intended to be a celebration of different cultures. Both have accepted that assurance.

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

"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.”

Blackpool councillor Tony Williams added that ‘more care and understanding’ was required when considering future use of the display.

"I believe this tableau was made in the 60s when the only images and perception people had of Native Americans could be found in comic books or western movies,” Cllr Williams said.

"Of course that perception was completely wrong and over time we learned through better understanding that in reality people’s perception was greatly distorted.

"The council claim the tableau is part of a mixed cultural display and there was certainly no intention to offend and I accept this, however, I think more care and understanding needs to be taken in considering the placement of this display and those in future illuminations events.”

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