A row has erupted after promotional posters were displayed on Accrington Town Hall featuring a man making a ‘middle finger gesture’.
The controversial poster was put up to plug a forthcoming gig in Oswaldtwistle by a tribute band.
Senior Conservative Councillor Doug Hayes says the poster’s content is inappropriate for the town’s flagship civic building and should be removed.
He said: “I don’t agree with anything like that.
“If the poster is going to be used on a public building then that needs to be taken out.
“If they want to put it on a lamppost or somewhere like that then fair enough but civic buildings should have a sense of correctness.
“If we allow this kind of thing on this poster then what will happen on the next one where there could be two fingers being gestured?
“You will get kids seeing this and they become their heroes and try to copy them.”
Tribute band The Kommitments, based on the feel-good film The Commitments, will perform at the Civic Arts Centre in Oswaldtwistle, where they will be joined on the night by original film member Dave Finnegan.
The poster showing a man making a gesture with his middle finger is displayed in a window at the front of the town hall facing on to Blackburn Road.
Members of the band said they have not received any complaints about the posters, but have apologised if the gesture caused any offence.
Sean Curtis, leader singer in the ten-piece soul band, said the picture reflects the film’s character Mikah Wallace.
The 1992 film tells the story of working-class Dubliners who form a soul band.
Mr Curtis said: “While some people might deem it inappropriate it never crossed our minds. We have used the poster before and never had any complaints.
“If we have caused any offence then we apologise as that wasn’t our intention.
“It is food for thought for us and maybe we will take that into account next time.
“Unfortunately it’s the nature of the world we live in, there is always someone who will take offence.
“I wouldn’t have thought it any more offensive than what might be seen and heard around any town centre.”
A Hyndburn Council spokesman declined to comment, saying Hyndburn Leisure Trust was responsible for promotion of the gig.
Kerry Smith, of Hyndburn Leisure Trust, said they were not responsible for the poster’s design and have not received any complaints.
She said: “The poster hasn’t come from us and it isn’t one we have designed.
“If people feel it is inappropriate and want to complain then they can contact us and we would cover it up.”
The Kommitments will perform at the Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre on Saturday, October 5 at 7.30pm.