British Naturism was at Blackpool Sandcastle yesterday with groups of protesters campaigning heavily for the event to be stopped.  They are also concerned that it will continue next year.  Emma Hadaway, who campaigns against the event, says it is ‘a massive safeguarding issue’, with ‘children being naked around adults neither their parents nor themselves know’.  She said: “Children should be protected no matter what and should not be allowed at such events. “The solution to this would be either to make it an 18s and over only event or to not allow the event to happen full stop.”  Cllr Colette Fairbanks who planned the protest after receiving ‘numerous complaints’ and has written a letter of complaint to other councillors, the NSPCC and Blackpool South MP Scott Benton about the event.

However protesters are now even more concerned after an article describing the former British Naturism director and Birmingham swim club chairman’s past has emerged from the Birmingham Mail (from 2014).  The article appears to support the protesters’ claims that this event is not suitable for children.

A British Naturism director and Birmingham swim club chairman has admitted downloading more than 120,000 child porn images.

Brian Taylor, of Tamworth, was head of public relations for the UK’s leading naturist group and was a leading figure with the Spectrum Swimming Club in Northfield, which hosts regular events for naked swimmers.
But the 59-year-old has now been forced to quit both roles after being convicted of child porn offences.
He was sentenced to a three-year community order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years after pleading guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children.
Taylor had previously written in one online blog: “Young children love to be naked themselves and seldom even notice the nakedness of others.”

He had also written about naked images of children, claiming in one his blogs: “Remember nudity does not equal pornography, it is perfectly possible for a non-naked image of a child to be pornographic, just as it is possible for a naked image to not be pornographic – take for instance the pictures that many parents take of their children having fun in the bath…”

Taylor, from Wiggington Road, Tamworth, pleaded guilty to six counts of making indecent images of children during a hearing at Stafford Crown Court on July 21.
They included 95 category A images, 431 category B, and more than 128,000 category C.
He was sentenced to a three-year community order consisting of a ‘supervision-intensive sex offender treatment course’ at the same court on August 26.
Taylor was also ordered to pay £400 costs and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.
He resigned from his unpaid director role at British Naturism and as chairman of Spectrum Club on September 2 after both learned of the conviction.
British Naturism is the UK’s officially recognised naturist organisation which has a membership of around 10,500 people.
Taylor had been a naturist for over 30 years and previously stated: “Naturism is about body acceptance and countering the body shame born of being constantly told to cover our bodies and then presented with air-brushed models in the media.”

A British Naturism spokesman said: “It’s difficult for us, we knew him well and had known him for many years.
“We are very surprised and stunned by the news. As with all members, when news of this nature reaches us, membership is terminated.”

 

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/british-naturist-director-northfield-swim-7789754

The Spectrum Club confirmed Taylor had resigned on September 2 after the club learned of his conviction. He had not informed them. He had been a member since 2006 and chairman since 2013.

 

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