Coastal cafe sparks outrage after its spotted flogging golliwog dolls

Norfolk spot Old Manor Cafe has come under fire for selling golliwog dolls – a toy considered prejudiced for its depictions of racist stereotypes.

Outraged customers noticed the coastal cafe had the dolls on display for sale, with one branding the sale "morally unacceptable".

A visitor commented: "We recently dropped in for a bite to eat and were shocked to find these openly on show and available for purchase.

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"These racially stereotypical caricatures have been morally unacceptable in this country for years, but not in Norfolk, it would appear," the patron added.

The unhappy customer ended their statement by commenting: "They are racially divisive and antisocial."

However, the cafe's manager defended his decision to sell the dolls, at first claiming that no customer had yet complained to him personally.

He later admitted that two other customers complained to another staff member last year, eventually calling the police about the racist merchandise.

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The anonymous manager noted that the souvenir is popular, and that he sells "hundreds of them", commenting: "For starters, they're called gollies. But it's ok for people to complain about them. It is their right.

"But people aren't complaining about the other things I have on display.

“They're not seeing the whole picture."

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He added: "I sold 12 of them to a black bloke from Brixton, and he superglued them all to his dashboard. He loved them."

The cafe also stocks feature figurines including Betty Boop and Great Yarmouth fishermen.

The golliwog was a popular character in Britain in the 1970s, used by jam manufacturer Robertson's as a trademark symbol.

Robertson's stopped using the character in 2002, alongside many others, acknowledging the caricature was used to dehumanise black people.

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