Kidd in the Past

Kidd Starts Storm over Festival Club

19721001-05A protest will be made tomorrow to Edinburgh police about homosexuals using the city’s festival Club as their ‘headquarters’.

The protest will come from Councillor John Kidd, who claimed yesterday that he had seen homosexuals “cuddling on the stairs”. He added that he had been attending a conference for overseas journalists at the time and had been “ashamed at what these visiting press men saw. What image of Edinburgh will they take back to their own countries after seeing that?” he asked.

The Club is one of the centres of attraction for visitors to the city during the International Festival. In past years there have been protests to the police about ‘gay’ invasions of the club. Councillor Kidd went on: “There appears to be nothing done to stop them. But, on Monday, I am going to contact the Assistant Chief Constable. I was absolutely disgusted when I saw these men on the stairs in the club. They were standing with their arms around each other and cuddling. It’s the sort of affection you expect a young man to show for his girlfriend.”

Last night a spokesman for the club said he had “No knowledge of any such incidents.”

From the Scottish “Sunday Mail”,
September, 1971

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