A CONTROVERSIAL comedian will return to Evesham.

Jim Davidson will bring his Swimming Against the Tide! Tour to the Town Hall.

Davidson is no stranger to the town, having previously cancelled a show at the eleventh hour due to the stage being ‘too high’.

Then, in 2022, his show was thrown into doubt after the suitability of his material was put up for discussion at a town council meeting.

Keith Norledge, a spokesman for Evesham Live, said: “Jim's agreed to come back to Evesham Town Hall in 2024 which we are so pleased about.

“For a number of years, he's been coming into the town playing to sell-out crowds and going down a storm with his adult humour.

“He's kindly agreed to do two shows in one day and as the Town Hall is an intimate venue this means we'll once again be able to get 400 people in over the two shows.”

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Due to the perceived racist and sexist nature of his act, the former town clerk of Evesham put a motion on a council meeting agenda to discuss the suitability of his act.

However, councillors labelled the debate “nonsense” and his show in March 2022 ultimately went ahead without disruption.

Speaking after the show, Davidson said: “You have these unelected officials, like the council clerk in Evesham, who attempt to get you cancelled because they don’t like you.

“It’s simple isn’t it really; if you don’t like me then don’t buy a ticket. But don’t tell people what they can and can’t watch.”

The then town clerk, Francesca Pridding, responded: “My job is literally the opposite of ‘cancelling’ someone, my job is to make sure that all sides of a debate are considered; it’s important that local people know what their elected representatives consider important and understand their values.”

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Davidson then returned to Evesham earlier this year, on February 19.

His next appearance will come in 2024, on Sunday April 28.

He will perform two shows in one day, at 5pm and 8pm.

Tickets are priced at £27, plus £1 booking fee, and are available now on the Evesham Live website.

Due to "adult content" the event is for over 18’s only.