Anne Told: You Are the Weakest Link; ANTI-HUNT PROTESTERS JEER TV QUIZ QUEEN AT MOCK GAME SHOW

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Anne Told: You Are the Weakest Link; ANTI-HUNT PROTESTERS JEER TV QUIZ QUEEN AT MOCK GAME SHOW


SHARP-tongued television quiz master Anne Robinson had to be escorted by police into a side entrance for a hunt fund-raising event to avoid more than 100 anti-hunting protesters.

The Weakest Link presenter was hosting a mock version of the popular game show at Bingham Hall in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, at the weekend to help raise money for the local hunt, the Vale of the White Horse Foxhounds, based in the nearby village of Down Ampney.

Angry that Ms Robinson was supporting the event, called The Strongest Link, the League Against Cruel Sports mounted a passionate demonstration outside the building.

A league spokeswoman said more than 150 anti-hunt campaigners flocked to the venue for a high-profile protest against fox hunting on Saturday evening.

Awaiting the arrival of the hardnosed television personality, the protesters wore Anne Robinson masks and black T-shirts with: "Anne, you are the weakest link, goodbye" written on them.

They also waved banners, one depicting a fox bearing the slogan "Ginger Cool" and another picturing Anne Robinson and the words "Ginger Fool".

As the guests entered the building, the crowd stood outside and chanted "Weakest link, cruellest link", shouting over the noise of whistles, a hunting horn and a drum.

A league spokeswoman said that when M Robinson finally arrived, about an hour later than expected, there was an "explosion of noise".

She said: "It was what everyone was waiting for - to let her know our opposition to her involvement in fox hunting.

"Everyone swooped around the gate that she was whisked through under quite heavy police protection and then started heckling, shouting and chanting.

"She was flanked by police and escorted to a back door, where she went in with her hand over her face.

"She didn't want to face the protesters and didn't want to discuss the cruelty of fox hunting. …

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