ROYAL Ascot racecourse is considering axing Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory from its singalong next year.
Organisers of The Queen’s favourite sporting event have confirmed they are considering binning the songs to avoid accusations of racism.
Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and God Save the Queen have been criticised by anti-racism campaigners for their perceived association with slavery.
For over forty years, proud Brits have gathered at the bandstand at 6pm to celebrate the closure of each day with a singalong.
But bosses are concerned the tunes sung by John Park will provoke “most unwelcome attention” and a “backlash”, according to an insider.
An insider told The Mirror: “Much like the move to remove Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory from the Royal Albert Hall festival, there is a rising level of unease among the organisers who are certainly fearing a backlash because of those particular songs’ perceived association with colonialism and slavery.
“Despite all the traditions of the past, the feeling at the moment is that it would be most unwelcome attention for the festival, the Queen and the rest of the royal family and a decision to remove the singalong is expected to be ratified.”
A spokesman for Royal Ascot said yesterday: “The pieces selected for the meeting are a mixture of traditional and more modern songs.
“As in previous years, these will be reviewed in the run-up to Royal Ascot.”
The singalong that also consists of racegoers belting out Hey Jude by the Beatles, Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond and Tom Jones’ Delilah, was created by Lady Jinny Beaumont .
John Park, who sings the traditional British tunes at Royal Ascot, could be banned from the event, some sources claim.
“Most people don’t know the words anyway so it was muted that there would potentially be no singing, although they are particularly rousing numbers which does add to occasion,” an insider said.
It comes after Boris Johnson blasted the BBC for censoring the lyrics of the Proms anthems.
The PM blasted the “cringing embarrassment” over Britain’s history and demanded the nation stop its “culture of wetness”.
The musicians were told to play instrumental versions of the songs after activists deemed them “racist”.
Mr Johnson said on a business visit this lunchtime: “I think it’s time we stopped our cringing embarrassment about our history, about our traditions, and about our culture, and we stopped this general fight of self-recrimination and wetness, I wanted to get that off my chest.”
Beeb bosses instead announced they would feature — but only as orchestral versions amid fears of a backlash from Black Lives Matter campaigners due to lyrical connotations about the British Empire.
Business secretary Alok Sharma told Times Radio that he thought the BBC could put subtitles on the screen for Last Night of the Proms so people could sing along at home.
And Mr Fox said the decision came from a “Britain-hating” BBC, calling for it to be stripped of its license fee funding.
He tweeted: “Defund this shameful, Britain-hating organisation and start again. The lunatics are in charge of the asylum #Defund the BBC.”
His comments were echoed by Piers Morgan, who called the decision “absolutely pathetic”.
Piers wrote on Twitter: “The BBC needs to grow a pair & stop grovelling to such insane ‘woke’ cancel culture nonsense that most Britons find utterly absurd.”
Over 10,000 Brits have now called for the lyrics to be reinstated, signing a petition which hopes to reach 15,000 signatures.
The annual Royal Albert Hall concert, beamed around the world, traditionally ends with the flag-waving anthems.
But organisers were said to be concerned about their links to the British Empire, and lyrics including: “Britons never will be slaves.”
One BBC source described the handling of the line-up as “white guys in a panic,” trying to appease the movement.